Empire star Jussie Smollett broke his silence Friday reassuring fans, friends and family ‘that he is okay.’
“Let me start by saying that I’m OK,” Smollett began in a statement to ESSENCE. “My body is strong but my soul is stronger.
“The outpouring of love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to put into words truly,” Smollett added.
Smollett says he is working with authorities and has been “one-hundred percent factual and consistent on every level.”
He has faced controversy surrounding his recollection of events after changing his initial statement to authorities.
Smollett said he was attacked Tuesday by two people who were “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs,” according to police.
He also reported that one of his attackers put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him, police said.