Jussie Smollett performs at emotional concert, making his first appearance since attack

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Actor and musician Jussie Smollett performed at his first show since his reported attack last week, tearfully telling fans at the event in Southern California that he is not fully healed but he is doing OK.

Empire creator Lee Daniels was among the 400 or so in attendance, along with U.S. Rep Maxine Waters and actor Wilson Cruz (My So-Called Life).

"I was bruised but my ribs were not cracked; they were not broken", he said referring to some notes he'd brought on stage.

On stage, before singing, he fought back tears as he told fans: "I had to be here tonight, y'all".

"I am working with authorities and have been 100 percent factual and consistent on every level", Smollett said in the statement.

"There are so many words on my heart that I want to say". He added he wasn't hospitalized though he did go to the doctor, and that medical examiners cleared him to perform.

President Donald Trump on Thursday called the attack of "Empire" star Jussie Smollett "horrible", condemning the assault committed by individuals whom the actor alleged referenced the president's campaign slogan as they attacked him.

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As he fought back tears, Smollett took the time to recognize his family, friends, and fans who have supported him through this hard time.

No arrests have been made, and police have not found surveillance video of the attack, though they found footage of Smollett walking home with the rope around his neck.

Smollett, 36, who plays gay performer Jamal Lyon on the Fox drama, was allegedly attacked Tuesday by two masked assailants using racist and homophobic slurs. "I sincerely wanted him to stay out of the public [eye] until he heals". The crowd cheered Smollett into silence for a good 30 seconds before he spoke again, with a joke to break the tension and get the show rolling: "I'm the gay Tupac". After which, the attackers yelled " "this is MAGA country", and then fled the scene.

Smollett's brother, Jocqui, even took to the stage to commend Jussie on his bravery and reveal to the crowd, "my family realized that tonight was an important part of Jussie's healing.... on behalf of the Smollett family, we are so proud of our brother". "I will always stand for love".

On Friday, Smollett put out a written statement, assuring fans that "my body is strong but my soul is stronger". "Soon I will address all details of this horrific incident, but I need a moment to process".

Smollett told police that the men also poured "an unknown chemical substance" on him - possibly bleach - and wrapped a rope around his neck, police said.

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