Jussie Smollett has given his first interview since he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack last month.
The Empire star said he is ‘pissed off’ some people don’t believe his account of the incident in a conversation with TV host Robin Roberts.
‘I’m p****d off,’ he says in a preview clip released online.
‘It’s the attackers [that have my angry] but it’s also the attacks. At first it was a thing of like, listen if I tell the truth then that’s it cause it’s the truth.’
The visibly emotional star furthermore continued: ‘Then it became a thing of like, “Oh, how can you doubt that? How can you not believe that? It’s the truth.”
‘And then it became a thing of like, “Oh. It’s not necessarily that you don’t believe that this is the truth, you don’t even want to see the truth.’
TOMORROW: An @ABC EXCLUSIVE: @RobinRoberts sits down one-on-one with @JussieSmollett who says he’s “pissed off” after being attacked in possible hate crime. “How do you not believe that? It’s the truth.” See the interview TOMORROW on @GMA. https://t.co/b5efiOJ8L8 pic.twitter.com/bpvnHUnz8W
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 13, 2019
ABC News reported that Jussie told police that his attackers yelled ‘MAGA country’ at him during the attack.
Responding to the incident, Smollett’s family said in a statement: ‘Oftentimes ending fatally, these are inhumane acts of domestic terrorism and they should be treated as such. They will continue to occur until we hold each other accountable.’
A statement put out by Smollett’s reps yesterday said: ‘Chicago PD has repeatedly informed us that they find Jussie’s account of what happened that night consistent and credible.’
‘We are continuing to work closely with the Chicago PD and remain confident that they will find Jussie’s attackers and bring them to justice.’
The Good Morning America interview airs today [Thursday 14 February].