Jussie Smollett thinks it’s important the video of his attack is found, not just so that his attack can be fought but so that people can see he fought back.
The “Empire” star sat down with Robin Roberts and detailed his attack for the “Good Morning America” host. He went into detail about the incident, describing in detail what went down.
Smollett says he was confronted by his masked attacker, who hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him, and punched in the face before a second man joined in.
“We ended up tussling by the stairs, fighting, fighting, fighting,” Smollett said. “There was a second person involved who was kicking me in my back, and then it just stopped. And they ran off.”
He says he didn’t notice the rope around his neck and until afterward.
“I noticed the rope around my neck, and I started screaming,” Jussie Smollett told Roberts. “I said, ‘There’s a f**king rope about my neck.'”
Police have been unable to find the video of the attack but Smollett is hoping they do, for many reasons.
“I want that video found so badly,” Smollett said. “Because, for probably four reasons. Number one, I want them to find the people that did it. Number two, I want them to stop being able to say ‘alleged attack.'”
Smollett choked up as he continued, “Number three, I want them to see that I fought back. And I want a little gay boy, who might watch this, to see that I fought f**king back … They ran off, I didn’t.”
Police have released a photo of the alleged attacks walking away after the incident but so far no suspects have been identified.