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Jussie Smollett moved to tears as he addresses Chicago attack

February 13, 2019
Jussie Smollett spoke to Robin Roberts on an interview set to air Thursday on “Good Morning America.” (ABC News)

Jussie Smollett was moved to tears as he spoke out about being attacked in Chicago during a new interview.

The “Empire” actor sat down with host Robin Roberts for a conversation set to air Thursday on “Good Morning America.”


A 15-second preview clip released by ABC shows a visibly emotional Smollett during what’s billed as his first interview since the incident.

He does not speak in the short promo, but Roberts asks him, “At any point during the attack, did you fear for your life?”

Chicago police said last month that Smollett was allegedly attacked by two people who placed a rope around his neck, poured an unidentified substance on him and berated him with racial and homophobic slurs.

Police are investigating the case as a possible hate crime.

Officials have not seen footage of the confrontation itself, but released an image showing two persons of interest who have not been identified. They have also obtained footage showing Smollett with a rope draped around his neck.

Smollett, 35, said he believes “justice will be served” in his first comments about the attack earlier this month.

“Let me start by saying that I’m ok,” Smollett said in a statement on Feb. 1. “My body is strong but my soul is stronger. More importantly I want to say thank you. The outpouring of love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to truly put into words.”

He then told the crowd at a performance in Los Angeles the next night that he fought back against his attackers.

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