Published: Mon, February 04, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Jussie Smollett performs at LA club days after Chicago attack

Jussie Smollett performs at LA club days after Chicago attack

The matter is being investigated by Chicago police as a possible hate crime.

On Tuesday, while walking to a Subway in Chicago, two men reportedly yelled racial and homophobic slurs at the actor after he exited a restaurant, investigators told The Hollywood Reporter.

Smollett had made his first public comments about the incident on Friday in a written statement that said he had been "consistent on every level" with the police during their investigation, countering comments on social media saying he had changed his story and been uncooperative with investigators.

"I'm not fully healed yet, but I'm going to and I'm going to stand strong with you all", he continued.

"I had to be here tonight, y'all", he told the crowd at California's Troubadour on Saturday night, Variety reports. And I'm gonna stand strong with y'all. l will always stand for love.

"I think being gay and black in this country, it's very hard to get jobs, to live life, just to cross the street", Perkins said.

After thanking everyone for their support, Smollett also took the time to address some misconceptions and the "hateful rhetoric" surrounding his attack.

"Just because there's been a lot of stuff said about me that's absolutely not true. there's just a couple of points I want to make really quick", he said. "I was bruised but my ribs were not cracked". I went to the doctor immediately - I was not hospitalised. Doctors in Chicago and Los Angeles also cleared him to perform.

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As he fought back tears, Smollett took the time to recognize his family, friends, and fans who have supported him through this hard time.

Then he paused and said: "I'm the gay Tupac".

Then he added: "But above all, I fought the fuck back". "I stand on the backs of the Lee Danielss". "We hope that you all stand with us".

"I sincerely wanted him to stay out of the public until he healed", said Jojo Smollett, referring to his brother.

His final words before exiting the stage: "We are proud".

"However, many have cast doubt on the details surrounding the attack, including the seriousness of Smollett'ss injuries and whether he was subject to racist and homophobic abuse".

"Jussie has told the police everything from the very beginning", the statement read. "This song, it kind of has a new meaning for me", he said, making a segue into "Heaven".

Previous year he released a solo album, "Sum of My Music, which made up much of Saturday night's set, along with songs from "Empire".

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