(Chicago, IL-AP) — Empire actor Jussie Smollett is answering questions about being the victim of a hate crime attack for the first time on camera. In an interview with Good Morning America airing today, Smollett said he’s angry at the attackers, but also the attacks. He said he was surprised that people doubted he was telling the truth.
The openly gay African American actor said that he believes the two men in a photo released by Chicago police are the men who attacked him. The interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts is Smollett’s first since the attack.
Chicago police are interviewing two persons of interest in connection to the attack on Chicago P-D says it made contact with two possible suspects, but have not taken them into custody.
Their identities are not yet being revealed. He claims two men yelled racist and homophobic slurs, attacked him, put a rope around his neck and poured a liquid on him that smelled like bleach. Authorities have not been able to find any surveillance video of the attack, but say the investigation is ongoing.