Persons of Interest Identified in Jussie Smollett Attack Case

Jussie Smollett moved to tears as he addresses Chicago attack

The men began "tussling", and after a while, Smollett's attackers ran away.

Speaking out for the first time in a preview of his upcoming interview on Good Morning America, he said: "I'm p###ed off".

An interview clip was posted online.

Smollett told ABC News' Roberts that the police said their tech expert would need "three or four hours" to examine the phone.

He also said he resented the inaccurate narrative that the attack stemmed from a "date gone bad".

Smollett told authorities he was attacked early January 29 by two men who were "yelling out racial and homophobic slurs".

The news sparked outrage on social media, but some questioned Smollett's account.

In a preview for the segment, which will air on Thursday (US time), the Empire star is seen giving a tearful account of the incident, which Chicago police have described as a possible hate crime that was racially motivated and homophobic. "And that somehow maybe I added a little extra trinket, you know, of the MAGA thing", said Smollett.

"It became a thing of like, 'Oh, It's not necessarily that you don't believe that this is the truth, you don't even want to see the truth, '" he said. "Like, how do you not believe that?' It's the truth".

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Smollett admitted that he was hesitant to turn over his phone records to police to corroborate his claims. "We are dealing directly with the Chicago Police Department", the statement added.

"We have no reason to think he's not being genuine with us", Johnson said.

Smollett said he didn't want to call police at first, but that his friend and creative director, Frank Gatson, called on his behalf.

"Empire" star Jussie Smollett insisted Thursday that he was targeted by two men shouting racial and gay slurs - and "This is MAGA country" - because of his public comments against President Trump. "I turned around and I see the attacker masked and he said: 'This Maga country [bleep]' and punched me right in the face so I punched his arse right back". Number two: I want them to stop being able to say "allegedly".

The actor, best known for his role as the gay character Jamal Lyon on the Fox TV show, said the attack happened when he was out looking for food in Chicago having just landed in the city. It's all I know.

Later on Monday, another Chicago police spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, told Chicago's ABC 7, "We are very appreciative of the victim's cooperation, however, the records provided do not meet the burden for a criminal investigation". "They called me a f*ggot, they called me a n*gger".

He said that his assailant had used the phrase coined by Donald Trump, Make America Great Again, Maga, as he laid into the actor.

Smollett said he gave a body description of his alleged attackers as best as he could because he doesn't have details such as eye color.

"I don't have any doubt in my mind that that's them", he told the network.