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Published on Feb 15, 2019
"Empire" star breaks his silence in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts.
READ MORE: https://abcn.ws/2GIT6w5 'Empire' star Jussie Smollett shares powerful message to LGBTQ community after suspected hate crime
READ MORE: https://gma.abc/2SzAPIA ‘Empire’ star heartbroken over criticism after attack: 'You don't even want to see the truth'
Smollett, who portrays a gay musician on Fox's "Empire," said the attack happened on Jan. 29 at around 2 a.m. as he was leaving a Subway restaurant in Chicago. He told police that two attackers got his attention by yelling racial and homophobic slurs at him and then put a noose around his neck and poured an unknown substance, likely bleach, on him, according to an initial police incident report.