Jussie Smollett took a emotional, determined and defiant stand in his first public comments since he says he was attacked in Chicago.
He took to the stage for a show in West Hollywood saying that his people told him not to perform, but told the crowd he had to go on with the show because he couldn’t let his attackers win.
Smollett reported to police in Chicago on Tuesday that two masked men had assaulted him and put a rope around his neck while using homophobic and racial slurs.
At the Troubadour in West Hollywood, the Empire star said, “The most important thing I can say is ’thank you so much, and I’m OK. I’m not fully healed yet, but I’m going to be, and I’m gonna stand strong with y’all.” I had to be here tonight, y’all. I couldn’t let those (expletives) win. I will always stand for love. I will only stand for love.”
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