"I am not and should not be looked upon as an isolated incident."
Jussie Smollett received messages of support from the public and his peers since being hospitalized. The Empire Star was attacked in an apparent hate crime, which is currently being investigated by legal authorities in Chicago. Since then, actor released a statement to Essence.
“Let me start by saying that I’m OK,” Smollett began in his statement with gratitude. “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. ”
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Smollett also commented on the misinformation that has been propagating about his testimony. “I am working with authorities and have been 100% factual and consistent on every level," he continued. "Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served. ”
“As my family stated, these types of cowardly attacks are happening to my sisters, brothers and non-gender conforming siblings daily. I am not and should not be looked upon as an isolated incident. We will talk soon and I will address all details of this horrific incident, but I need a moment to process,” he concluded. “Most importantly, during times of trauma, grief and pain, there is still a responsibility to lead with love. It’s all I know. And that can’t be kicked out of me.”
This follows the statement issued by his family.