Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett seems to regret using Trump supporters as the villains who allegedly attacked him near downtown Chicago on Jan. 29.

In an exclusive sit-down interview with Robin Roberts, the emotional actor says his doubters would not have questioned his story if he said his attackers were Muslim or Mexican.

The Empire star sat down with Roberts for his first interview that aired on Good Morning America on Thursday.

He seemed more emotional when discussing his doubters than while describing the alleged attack.

"I have to acknowledge the lies, and the hate," he said. "They called me a f**got. They called me a n**ger. And it feels like if I had said it was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me much more. A lot more. And that says a lot about the place that we are in our country right now."

READ ALSO: Smollett 'pissed off' at those who don't believe he was attacked

The 36-year-old actor said he was "pissed off" at people who doubted his story.

"Oh, how can you doubt that? Like, how can you not believe that? It's the truth. Then it became a thing, like, oh... it's not necessarily that you don't believe this is the truth; you don't even want to see the truth."

The actor revealed that he receives plenty of death threats online and believes the backlash is a result of his harsh public criticism of President Donald Trump.

"I come really, really hard against 45," he told Robin Roberts. "I come really, really hard against his administration, and I don't hold my tongue."

Smollett received an outpouring of support from his friends and family after he claimed he was attacked by 2 masked men at 2 a.m. after leaving a Subway restaurant. He said the men recognized him as Jamal Lyon on FOX TV's Empire musical. He said the men beat him, poured a liquid substance on him and looped a clothesline around his neck while calling him a "ni--er" and "fa--ot".

Chicago police assigned a dozen investigators to the high-profile hate crime case. But after poring over hundreds of hours of video footage they were unable to locate a single frame that showed the alleged attack.

However, investigators did locate video footage of Smollett carrying an intact Subway sandwich as he calmly strolled into the lobby of a friend's luxury high rise, past the security desk and into an elevator.

Authorities were reportedly frustrated that Smollett refused to cooperate with their investigation by not turning over his phone records to confirm the timeline of the alleged attack.

On Monday, Smollett turned over a heavily redacted PDF file containing what he claimed were his phone records from that night. But police rejected the file, saying it was useless and insufficient for their criminal investigation.

Chicago police spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, said in a statement, "We are very appreciative of the victim's cooperation however the records provided do not meet the burden for a criminal investigation."

Chicago police continue to insist publicly that Smollett is a victim. But the general consensus within the department is Smollett lied about the details of the attack - perhaps for political reasons.

Police sources on Twitter.com say Smollett was likely attacked by a man (or men) he hooked up with on a homosexual dating app that night.

Police plan to interview Smollett again to ask for more phone records when he returns to Chicago to film an episode of Empire.
 

 

  • Seldomseen

    Walk in.....runs out!

  • Guest

    Right behind you!

  • TransMichelle

    Nah nicca, you lying and that's it. I don't care if he said the people were Asian.

  • Kanyade

    The fact that he says he is angry at the attackers...but also, angry at those who question his "truth", says all that need to be said here. You were attacked. Your personal safety/space violated. For me, that would be the greater offense.

  • Elevated Soul

    There are people from all walks of life and religions who don't believe this liar. Why bring up Mexicans and Muslims? I bet this fool believe that every Mexican and Muslim believes him too.??

  • Tinytoon
  • tia

    Very weird...

  • Blue

    Penny for Robin Roberts thoughts as she listened to him.

  • wigmon68

    Has he said the attackers weren't Muslim, Hispanic, white, black, gay, straight, non-binary, etc? From what I read, the only description he gave was that one of the two attackers was a male and thats pretty much the extent of his description.

  • Topic Influencer

    the emotional actor says his doubters would not have questioned his story if he said his attackers were Muslim or Mexican.
    ^^^^^^^^^^
    Bitch if you dont stfu with this shit. Lord I am tired of ya.

  • Trace da Ace

    Dear Jussie,

    again....please....for the people....SIT THE FUKKKK DOWN...... if this indeed happened to you....why are you on a press tour trying to convince folks that it happen??? Let the FBI do their job.....hell they got 12+ agents on this mess...stop feeling the need to convince others.....you are doing the most....and it is making you look stupid.....so again....SIT THE FUKKKK DOWN!

    Sincerely,

    me.

    side-note---- aunty....PLLLEEASSSEEEE do not make this "all day Jussie" day.....its V day...lets get some lovey dovey shyt going on..... *muah*

  • WinterIsComing

    He must’ve really wanted that Subway sandwich.

  • Carrington

    He has a point. There is a certain segment in society who would've absolutely been willing to believe him had he said his attackers were black... but, then, there are those (such as myself) who would've side-eyed this story regardless of who he says did it because it STILL doesn't make sense.
    Let's be clear... if you've ever been in Chicago during the winter, the wind whipping off of Lake Michigan at 50 degrees with the sun blaring at 12:00 PM is a MOTHER f*cker!
    Now, let's remember that it was MINUS 30 degrees that night. Not thirty degrees, MINUS 30. That's thirty degrees BEYOND zero degrees... in Streeterville... directly OFF the lake.
    He says he was crossing the street when these dudes yelled, "Hey, Empire!"
    So, explain how you were walking around at that time of morning in THAT kind of weather and these people were able to recognize you?!? He posted a video on Instagram the day before in broad daylight showing how cold he was and his head, ears and mouth were completely covered. Tell me again how the F*CK they recognized you? You waited until that time of night to go outside on the coldest winter ever and decided to UNCOVER your face to the point where people recognized you from the other side of the street? FOH

  • WinterIsComing

    Well damn! ????

  • wigmon68

    Haven't seen the interview. Did Roberts ask him to describe the attack? Did the attackers surprise him from his 6, were they waiting on him at a certain location, were they following him? Did she ask about the sammich or why after such a scary and life threatening attack he didn't stop to tell security guards about what just happened? Did she ask anything at all about the attack, or was it just a dog and pony show about the aftermath?

  • TheWildChild

    Oh so he just wanted to address the haters ?. Attention Whoring at it's finest ?

  • wigmon68

    If Jussie was walking in broad daylight and 70 degree temps, maybe 1 in 1000 people would recognize who he is (or was at that time). The only way someone would have known it was him is if it was an arranged meet or he was stalked. Given the other variables of the evening and that he just got into town, the former makes way more sense.

  • LYRICS

    NO Negro, WE JUST DON'T BELIEVE U! SIMPLE!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Chile....

  • Elevated Soul

    I visit relatives in Lake Forest and Highland Park and it's hella cold so I get your point...

    There is nothing about this story that's believable especially the bleach in the Tabasco sauce bottle thingy.

    Jussie Smollett is lying. He is just mad because this shyt didn't turn out as he'd hoped.

  • Seldomseen

    Runs back in......he is starting to give Tokyo Toni vibes.

  • Mike Jones

    But if there were attackers, why wouldn't there be video of them pulling up, walking up, waiting for him etc before the incident actually happened outside of camera view or running away afterwards, unless their invisiable! That's it! CASE SOLVED! The attackers were invisible!! So sorry for ever doubting you Jussie!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • hottlanta

    Yall lmma make it plain n simple. He met with a woman for some trim. That is why those calls were redacted. If the gay community found out he is a closet hetrosexual man they r done with him. Malik somewhere getting the last laugh bcas they claimed he is the one who outed him for being gay bcas he wasnt ready 2 come out of the closet yet.

  • Carrington

    Being stalked SURELY doesn't make sense because it was one of the coldest nights EVER recorded in Chicago so, to think that TWO people were crazy enough to be hanging around outside your building at 2 in the morning, without knowing ahead of time that your ass would randomly get hungry and decide to go for a stroll, is the stuff that bad lies are made of. Even HOMELESS people went in the house on that night. My mom lives in Chicago and she had her heat blasting and said the thermostat wouldn't go above 73 degrees.

  • Topic Influencer

    I am so tired of Juicy Jussie IDK what the heck to damn DEW

  • SpillyNillie

    No Nah Nope

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Marlika

    I’m not going entertain this fool anymore.? He just can’t see to just Be quiet for 5-10 mins. ?????

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    In other news.... Your GURL Monique was on the Steve Harvey show yesterday talking about being blackballed by Oprah, Miss Tyler Perry and Miss Lee Daniels... Steve was telling her that she was wrong and she should’ve gone about it another way ??.

    Wondering if Steve asked her to be a guest on his show to try to make the network executives rethink their decision to replace his show with Kelly Clarksons show...

    Desperate measures for desperate people???

  • SpillyNillie

    Tired TIRED!!

  • Tinytoon

    We need a post on that, not crying Jussie.

  • OvertheMississippi

    Nahhh! And you're making matters worse for yourself, sir!

  • Topic Influencer

    I think that episode was filmed before he was told he is being replaced. But not sure. He mighta been told long ago and it just became public.

  • Bonita

    "And it feels like if I had said it was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me much more."

    No we wouldn't have. Cause none of the above would've been attacking anybody in those temps. Hell, it was so cold that the dope boys abandoned their corners.

  • Marlika

    I seen a part of their sit down. You see how she kept trying to talk over him instead of just Listening ??

  • millz

    When the truth of this lie comes out it’s gonna blow df up... just hush boy!
    WE DONT BELIEVE YOU!!!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0f9d2c452a353e9721fbd7faaa08ed7e9ed2e63d4e30177387a75ddc51cc98f9.gif

  • Topic Influencer

    Also, it has been noted that not everyone is going to go along just to get along. That lady felt EXTRA strong in her convinction that she was wronged. She is entitled to that. No matter how delusional others feel over it.

  • JazzyBossyJen
  • Keekz

    I viewed a clip online, where Steve revealed his true boot licking ways. This big lip fool is a disgrace to his race. Thank goodness Monique handled herself well.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker
  • 100milesperhour

    Truth doesn't need defending. Non-believers shouldn't matter to you if police are actively investigating the case. He wants to be a living martyr. . The way he told the story sounded like a corny suspense novel. He's lying

  • Carrington

    Has anyone read the story this morning about the sports apparel store owner who vowed to remove all Nike apparel from his store because of their support Colin Kaepernick is being forced to close his doors after more than 20 years in business because even HE admits that Colin Kaepernick fans had more buying power than he anticipated. LOL
    BYE!

  • Nik

    He's taking this too far. The more he talks the more his foot is coming out of the other end of him.

  • Keekz

    Don't blame the public for being critical thinkers. We are supposed to be skeptical of tales that are improbable. He need to lay that blame at the feet of Lee Daniels.
    Beat it Jessie/Jussie.

  • Nik

    I read that yesterday. Karma came quick! The man cut off his nose to spite his face. Like others who dismiss Kaep, he probably didn't even take the time to know the real reason people took a knee.

  • Nik

    He needs to be worried about convincing da police not Joe and Josephine Public.

  • Trace da Ace

    Ha!! Maybe he can think about that down in the unemployment line...smdh...

  • LeeSeeCee

    I really like the way that she was making her point to Steve, although a couple of times she had that look like I'm about to throat punch ya.. Yet she STILL made her point and he looked foolish trying to mansplain HER valid issues to HER. I think this show really proved how out of touch Steve is with people now.

  • Trace da Ace

    exactly!!!! Why is he mad over the public opinion??

  • Trace da Ace

    Jenie....morning boo....I LOVE this little gun toting, bandanna wearing smiley.....I wish it could be my permanent screen savor...lol

  • Nik

    Which makes him look even more suspect. Worried more about opinion than justice.

  • wigmon68

    Actually, he said that he said its difficult to sell franchised merchandise without selling Nike because they own a lot of the contracts for licensed apparel, not that Kaep supporters were boycotting his store.

  • NeverSurprised

    First of all, Muslims would have thrown his g@y a$$ off a rooftop. They still punish homosexuality the way the Koran dictates -- either by stoning to death or by throwing the offender off the roof of a building. But let him take his behind to an orthodox Muslim country and go trolling for street meet at 2am and see what happens. I am so sick of him and his liberal-manufactured lies.

  • Nik

    And that's the part that is insane. He's owned that business for 20 years and didn't factor in how not selling one of the largest and best selling sports apparel brands would affect his bottom line.

  • Blak

    Ok so no one is going to believe that he was attacked by Muslims at 2am because they would be at home with their families or Mexicans because they would be working at 2am and if it were black guys it is more likely because they are the ones committing the crimes and would have called him the f****t azz n from empire because they are the one watching. Jussie girl, just go away already

  • Nik

    I read that Monique threatened to put paws on him because he kept focusing on her apologizing and not her Vegas show.

  • JazzyBossyJen

    Dude made sure to mention the ones close to him said they’re not going to find the attackers..Spoiler Alert you think..Or will there be a plot twist to this episode of Subway Attacks..When unwrapping your sandwich goes horribly wrong! Keep your neosporin close folks, papercuts lead to nooses around your throat! ?

  • Nik

    I read last year that his contract was going to be up and Kelly would take his slot.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    lolololololol Morning !!

  • Topic Influencer

    Im happy for him. He now gets more time to white. Not be white. Just white. Plain white. It can be an action verb. Im whiting right now. It can be a noun. I am white. But whatever it is, he has plenty of time to do it.

  • Topic Influencer

    Damn! Welp. Bye Stupid Steve

  • https://www.instagram.com/nymagee/ Ny MaGee

    He's right!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Clearly this is not only Black History Month, but it's also Jussie Smollett Week. ?

  • Alextra Ballard

    Laaaawd how long iz we finna beat this dead horse? No this fool didn't....Smollet the doubters would believe yew if yew weren't line
    This ain got nut'n tew dew with messicans or moslambs

  • TwitterFingerz

    Lol!!!! Mama Dee's Wigmaker. That name is hilarious

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yup. I loved the part where he says: "As much as I hate to admit this, perhaps there are more Brandon Marshall and Colin Kaepernick supporters out there than I realized,”
    https://sports.yahoo.com/colorado-business-owner-forced-close-pulling-nike-items-protest-kaepernick-200325564.html

    I'm just like, hmmm...
    https://media.tenor.com/images/8b75c5ec1b369370cda56b29514e4ddd/tenor.gif

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Clearly he's not such a smart businessman.

  • TwitterFingerz

    They were playing around on stage with her pretending to choke him.

  • Candance

    Ummm.... nope I still wouldnt believe him. The attackers being white isn't even what makes this story sketchy. Im still lost at Gay Tupac???!!! smh

  • CPA

    I thought they were wearing masks? How does he know they weren’t?

  • TwitterFingerz

    He also said they owe her an apology as well. But, he felt like her cursing them out was not a good way to get her point across.

  • Nik

    Was this in the same interview where Steve said she needed to apologize?

  • 100milesperhour

    Right? He said he could only see a small space between the eyes from what the ski mask didn't cover. smh.

  • Ebony Starr

    Well, he started his account with "the attacker". At this point he knew that there were 2 attackers. Why wouldn't he say One of the attackers. Also, why would answer to Expire fa--ot, but not Empire?

  • wigmon68

    There is where a good interview would earn their paycheck. He provided no race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, etc for the attackers. Heck, he only knew one of them was a man according to the police report.

  • Chocolategyrl

    The only reason his story is being doubted is because he is gay if he was heterosexual he would have never been doubted and most of the folks claiming he's lying would be ready to boycott everything in Chicago.

  • TwitterFingerz

    I know he said both parties should apologize for the treatment of they both displayed. He said they were wrong as well.

  • wigmon68

    I don't think I would say he didn't factor this in. He knew when he took the stand that sales would take a hit. I'm sure he hoped he would stay in business, but I think his point is that whether he stayed in business or not, he was going to do what he felt convicted to do.

  • Nik

    He didn't factor in how hard the hit would be because he is surprised at the outcome. His response indicates he did not think his conviction would put him out of business.

  • Fire & Ice

    I just read that in a old runaway slave voice ?

  • MsSapphire9800

    JUSSIE............................
    https://media.giphy.com/media/dNKoBpFpIFnr2/giphy.gif

  • CPA

    This fool is embarrassing at this point

  • CPA

    Right???

  • Fire & Ice

    When cutting off your nose to spite your face goes wrong ?

  • The Art

    No, doubters would have believed him if there was EVIDENCE! At this point, I'm just tired of this story. if he was attacked, I pray that they find the perps.

  • Fire & Ice

    Lots of free time ?

  • The Art

    Nah, it's being doubted because in a world of CSI TV shows and surveillance cameras literally everywhere, there's no verifiable proof of his attack. Doesn't mean it didn't happen though.

  • NewNew

    Please no more. NO MORE! This horse died a week ago. Why are we still beating it?!? ? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/27fa8c01c0716a4a4fc9f2fce073575076d13dfa7db63a5e9db176f7c106bcfe.gif

  • The Art

    Poetic justice!

  • HIS4EVA

    AMEN! whole thing sound funny from jump. AND I LIKE JUSSIE

  • Chocolategyrl

    It really doesn't and the excuse for why he would lie have been more ridiculous then any so called inconsistencies pointed out.

  • Carrington

    I think he thought that white people who think like him would've rallied behind him and made up for the lost revenue... what they showed him was, "We burned our dad Nike for show... we ain't not fuckin' with Nike though, bro."

  • grenadiadrian

    To quote Hank Hill: "Just when I think you've said the stupidest thing ever, you keep talkin'!"

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    HOLLERING!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dowoop

    I didn't want to laugh at the stereotypes *hangs head in shame*

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • Dowoop

    What a fool!

  • Dowoop

    When could it ever go right.

  • Mielle Downey

    Cry me a mf river.smh

  • Goodii2Shoes

    i would have believed him .if.. he had a broken rib..thats almost standard in a chicago beatdown

  • Dowoop

    Just like Kaep...

  • Logan Roberts

    Thank u, next.

  • rory

    Whatever, Whenever, Wherever...

  • CPA

    Nope

  • angelpat2812

    Boy! Shut your face and go away! That hole just got deeper. I don't even want to look at his lying, cry me a river butt anymore. Enough already. GoodGrief!

  • Anonymouse

    He's lying that's why he keeps grasping at straws to make his "case".

    He's so pathetic.

    I'm beginning to wonder how his shenanigans will affect his sister's career. This guy is beyond selfish.

  • Fire & Ice

    Never! It always goes wrong ???

  • NeverSurprised

    In the original police report he said only one was wearing a mask, so why no description ATALL from his as to the facial features of the other one? HE'S just a LIAR!!!!

  • GrapeCrush

    Lol!! ?

  • Mikayla

    If this jackass don’t stop his virtue signaling…

  • Satin Panther

    All I'm asking is who had the time to do this fukk chit to this dude and it was -50 degrees outside? They said Antarctica was warmer than Chitown at that time and it was 3 degrees over there..LOL

  • Reenaface

    In these days and times you have to scrutinize everything. Everything is coming at you fast now a days and these celebs have the time to play games with our subconscious. We have to understand that their world (Hollyweird) is not our world.

  • NewNew

    Love that show

  • Alicia Montgomery

    Wait a minute. So he still was holding the sandwich when he entered the lobby of the hotel. Really......he just casually strolled through the lobby holding a sandwich like nothing happened......Smh....Jussie please just stop and tell the truth

  • wigmon68

    According to a police statement, they have identified the two individuals in the photo, picked them up at Chicago O'Hare airport today and are interviewing them. They are not currently suspects in the attack.

  • wigmon68

    According to local news report, police have picked up 2 persons of interest at Chicago O'Hare airport and are interviewing them. ITs not clear if these are the same 2 individuals whose photos were releases a couple of weeks ago, but police are not calling these individuals suspects at the moment.

  • jayhawkpride

    We wouldn't have believed you know matter who you said did it!! Because the story just doesn't add up!

  • Passion

    I’m not buying it, especially after his interview on GMA! The Clorox and rope part of his interview did not make sense!
    He only saw the second person? But not the the person kicking his butt?
    Eating a tuna fish sandwich at 2:00 a.m is bound to make you delusional especially if Clorox leaked on it!?
    If I got jumped and beaten the last thing I would do is....look/pickup my tuna sandwich!?????

  • Mikayla

    He said the one kicking his butt from the front had on a mask. He said he only saw the one that ran off that had no mask. But that’s the one he said kicked him in his back! So how’d he see that one at all???

  • Passion

    They were gone in 30 seconds! Put your microwave on 30 seconds and see how much you can see!

  • Star

    What bugged me is the reason he gave for not giving up his phone to cops. It’s my understanding that there are restrictions as to what they can review if you handover your phone. What did he think that they would start calling up his cast mates? And if you have nude photos they should be in a private file with a code. It’s not like he is a A list celebrity.

  • Not a Housewife & Neither RU

    Muslim or Mexicans?! That's not the part of the story ppl have a problem with...lol why is he on a world tour?

  • abby500

    How about we’d believe him if he was telling the truth?

  • Eileen

    I am so sick of these rappers strippers homo and anti-common sense folks in black America. We are so lost. God help us!

  • Eileen

    NOPE!

  • Eileen

    You are so right on all points! LOL

  • TransMichelle

    I love how all they try to do or blame on The Donald backfires on them every time. Incredible! They blame shish on white folks and it always turns out to be black folks. Black people have to understand that white folks are just not that into us.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fd4ad744ed8f635dd37063e5b92c8c6c611ac80c9eca6f0f6c2e75671b5b0a07.gif

  • Candance

    WOW the attackers are said to be Muslim.... hmmmm and that he knew them.... hmmmmmm So now that they are Muslim, I still don't believe you!

  • Chocolategyrl

    Yup

  • Chocolategyrl

    Yea

  • https://www.facebook.com/miesha.weststrong Miesha West-Strong

    Bullllllshiiiiiiittttt!! You coulda told me it was Boo boo da fool I still wouldn’t have believed yo flawed ass story.