Jussie Smollett speaks out after brutal hate crime: “My body is strong but my soul is stronger”

The Empire actor was the victim of a hate crime in Chicago earlier this week.

February 01, 2019
Jussie Smollett speaks out after brutal hate crime: “My body is strong but my soul is stronger” Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images

Jussie Smollett has released a statement, just days after being viciously attacked in a hate crime in Chicago.

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In the statement, released to Essence, the Empire actor began by sharing that he is OK, before recognizing the immense support that he's received from people in the past few days.

“Let me start by saying that I’m OK.' Smollett said. "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.”

Smollett emphasized that he is actively cooperating with local police to ensure justice is served. He also explained that he would be taking time to process the events, but would speak again soon to address the details of the incident.

"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.”

On Wednesday, Smolletts family also released a statement.

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Jussie Smollett speaks out after brutal hate crime: “My body is strong but my soul is stronger”