Jussie Smollett performs for first time since brutal attack

“I fought the fuck back.”

February 03, 2019
Jussie Smollett performs for first time since brutal attack Singer Jussie Smollett performs onstage at Troubadour on February 02, 2019 in West Hollywood, California.   Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for ABA

Jussie Smollett returned to the stage for the first time since he was reportedly attacked in Chicago. Police are investigating the violent alleged assault as a possible hate crime.

Smollett cleared up a few things while on stage at The Troubadour in Los Anfeles, including the fact that he was bruised but his ribs were not broken.

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"I had to be here tonight. I couldn’t let them win," he told the crowd. Smollett also made it clear to fans that he "fought the fuck back.

The singer's family, Rep. Maxine Waters, and Empire creator Lee Daniels all attended the show, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Jussie Smollett performs for first time since brutal attack