Video has emerged from Jussie Smollett's performance in Los Angeles over the weekend, including the moment he spoke out for the first time about the r
Video has emerged from Jussie Smollett’s performance in Los Angeles over the weekend, including the moment he spoke out for the first time about the recent hate crime that occurred just a few blocks away from his Chicago apartment.
‘I was bruised but my ribs were not cracked, they were not broken. I went to the doctor immediately, my friend [filmmaker] Fred Jackson drove me, but I was not hospitalized,’ Smollett says in the video.
‘Both my doctors in Chicago and Los Angeles cleared me to perform but they said to take care obviously. And above all, I fought the f*** back.’
Smollett then paused and stated: ‘I’m the gay Tupac.’
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Back in action: Jussie Smollett spoke out about his attack on Sunday while performing for fans in Los Angeles (above)
The 36-year-old actor is now back at work on Empire, and was seen in a video posted by a crew member on Tuesday.
It has been a busy few days on set as the cast and crew is wrapping up production on the fifth season of the Fox series after Smollett missed work last week in the aftermath of the attack.
The show has also been working around the absence of star Taraji P Henson these past few days, who is currently in New York promoting her new film What Women Want.
Cast members have now been given security details to ensure no one else is targeted while working on the show.
The incident report from the attack was released on Tuesday, and raises some questions about comments made by the police early in the investigation.
In the wake of the attack, the Chicago Police Department opened Smollett up to criticism by electing to publicly announce less than 12 hours into the investigation that detectives had reviewed ‘hundreds of hours’ of security footage and not found any evidence of an attack.
Th night of: Smollett posted on Instagram after arriving in Chicago around midnight, complaining about the cold weather
The report however shows that only four cameras were initially identified as being near the area where the attack took place.
One of those cameras was located in a parking garage and the other attached to a building across the street, which is five-lanes wide.
Those were also both north of the route that Smollett took home from the Subway.
The same goes for the two other cameras, which are used for traffic purposes and were not particularly close to where Smollett was attacked by the men.
It was then made public that after an expanded search that detectives still could not find footage, yet in the end the image of the two persons of interest came from a camera located less than a block from the scene that was in fact closer than the other four cameras noted in the report.
It was also on the route that Smollett took to return to his apartment.
Scene: ‘I was bruised but my ribs were not cracked, they were not broken. I went to the doctor immediately … but I was not hospitalized,’ said Smollett (map with inset of the scene where the attack occurred just outside Smollett’s apartment)
Persons of interest: The two men who were seen walking across the street from Smollett (above) just before the attack
Smollett has never wavered from his timeline, and prior to the attack had been documenting his much-delayed flight back to Chicago from New York.
He posted on Instagram as soon as he landed, just after a midnight, but it is unclear if he had his luggage with him when he was attacked or had returned to his apartment first before going to get a sandwich at a nearby Subway.
Smollett was then just across the street from his residence when the attack occurred, and appeared to be heading into a back entrance of the building that was closer due to the weather.
The attack happened in a below ground street that runs by the building where Smollett lives, and video did show him entering with a noose shortly after 2am on Tuesday.
The proximity to his apartment would also explain why Smollett was so quick to get inside from the cold after spending close to 10 hours in transit that day.
Smollett told Chicago police that his attackers seemed to know who he was before they beat him and tied a rope around his neck.
He also reported that the two men were dressed in black and wearing black masks, and another eresidence at the apoaportment building recalled seieng men who fit that description earlier that night.
The men shouted a Smollett ‘Empire f****t n****r’ before attacking him in the street.
Smollett is black and openly gay.
He also revealed that he had been sent ‘hate mail’ at his work one week prior.
The report also revealed Smollett did not want to report attack, but another person believed to be Jackson went ahead and called police.
There is no mention of Smollett having been to Subway or that the men made any ‘MAGA’ comments in the incident report.
Police have said they would like to speak with Smollett again, who has been labeled a liar by a number of people in the wake of the attack.
At the same time, Liam Neeson has been making the press rounds after revealing he had an urge to commit a hate crime against a black person in response to learning that a female friend had been raped by a black man.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has done little to help the situation, choosing to comment by stating that Smollett’s ‘alleged statement of what happened’ is ‘horrific.’
Police meanwhile have confirmed that Smollett is scene walking across the street from the men in the video, disappears for minute, and then reappears with a noose around his neck.