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Jussie Smollett condemns those who question his attack

SPEAKING OUT: Jussie Smollett

JUSSIE SMOLLETT has spoken out in his first televised interview since the alleged racist and homophobic attack he faced at the hands of MAGA supporters.

Speaking to Robin Roberts on Good Morning America, the Empire actor said: “I will never be the man that this did not happen to. I am forever changed.

"And I don’t subscribe to the idea that everything happens for a reason, but I do subscribe to the idea that we have the right and the responsibility to make something meaningful out of the things that happen to us, good and bad.”

On Jan 29, the 36-year-old, who is openly gay and plays a gay man on the scripted-Fox television show, was allegedly attacked as he left a Subway fast-food restaurant in Chicago at about 2am.

The attackers allegedly kicked, punched, poured bleach on Smollett and also tried to tie a rope around his neck. He sustained minor injuries and was treated at a hospital in Chicago and was discharged later that day.

In the wake of Smollett's attack, many have voiced their support for the star, including Michael B Jordan and Gabrielle Union. However, there are many who've doubted his account and suggested that the attack was staged - something which has left Smollett "pissed off."

“It’s the attackers, but it’s also the attacks,” he said. “It’s not necessarily that you don’t believe that this is the truth. You don’t even want to see the truth.”

Smollett said he believes his attack was due in part to his criticism of President Donald Trump and confirmed someone yelled "This Is MAGA country " during the attack.

So far police have not been able to locate surveillance footage of the alleged incident, and this is still under investigation. They also dismissed reports calling it a "hoax".

“Police continue to treat Smollett as a victim and are investigating this as a possible hate crime,” Anthony Guglielmi's Chicago's police spokesman said in a statement, NBC Chicago reports.

“Police remain interested in identifying and contacting people of interest. Investigators may want to speak to Smollett again. They are not even looking at charges regarding filing a false report.”

On the hoax rumours, Chicago police's chief communications officer added: "We have no evidence to support their reporting."

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