Police Say They Found Persons of Interest in Jussie Smollett Attack

Smollet then acknowledged the allegations that he may have fabricated the story, due to what some have claimed were inconsistent details in his recounting of the event.

"I am forever changed", Smollett said during the interview, which marked his first detailed public account of the attack.

An interview clip was posted online.

The interview, which will air tomorrow, shows Smollett breaking down when Roberts asks if he feared for his life during the attack.

"Attackers, but it's also the attacks", he responds.

Police say Smollett, who is black and openly gay, was assaulted around 2am on January 29 by two "unknown offenders" who yelled racial and homophobic slurs, poured an unknown chemical substance on the actor and wrapped a rope around his neck.

Chicago police found Smollett's account to be credible and consistent, but an ongoing investigation has yet to find surveillance footage of the attack.

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"I've heard that it was a date gone bad, which I so resent that narrative", Smollett said.

To Smollett, it feels like if the attackers had been Muslim, Black, or Mexican, then people would have believed him more, and it's because of the state of this country that they can't believe this of white people. "It's not necessarily that you don't believe that this is the truth, you don't even want to see the truth, '" he added, apparently hitting out at critics who say his story doesn't add up - critics who now include some of his neighbors, according to TMZ.

Smollett is certain that the two men identified in a photo released by police are his attackers and hopes that will lead to their arrest-though the alternative is not something he is prepared to deal with. "We are dealing directly with the Chicago Police Department", the statement added. There was a second person involved who was kicking me in my back, and then it just stopped. Smollett said he was appreciative that the president condemned the "horrible" attack on him, but as for the perpetrators, "I could only go off their words". They have also identified an image of two men walking away from the camera, which the actor told ABC News he believed to be the pair who assaulted him. Smollett has said he was attacked while out getting food at a Subway restaurant. "They ran off, I didn't".

Police have said that he has now handed over records of his phone activity at the time of the alleged attack, but that it was so heavily redacted that they needed further information. I noticed the rope and I started screaming.

"I don't know", Smollett said, as his eyes filled with tears". So, yeah, I don't have any doubt in my mind that that's them.

But he said he failed to get a good description of them as their faces were obscured.

During that time, the star said, he checked himself, saw his bruises and smelled bleach, so he left his clothes on as well as the rope around his neck.

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