“Empire” actor gave his first national interview since the alleged attack to Robin Roberts and “Good Morning America.”
Promos allegedly show him crying. The whole interview will show Thursday morning but they’ve released a couple of clips of it.
In one, Smollett revealed that he is “pissed off.”
“What is it that has you so angry? Is it the…attackers,” Roberts asked.
“Attackers, but it’s also the attacks,” Smollett responded. “It’s like, you know, at first, it was a thing of, like, ‘Listen, if I tell the truth then that’s it, ’cause it’s the truth.” Then it became a thing of like, ‘Oh, how can you doubt that? Like, how do you– how do you not believe that? It’s the truth.'”
“And then 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 added.
Smollett claimed he was approached by two attackers around 2 a.m. after leaving a Subway and that they used racial and homophobic slurs . He claims that that they were masked and that he did not see any identifying features.
But he did make an interesting claim to Roberts about his alleged attackers.
Smollett said he has no doubt that the two “persons of interest” in a picture the police released were the people who attacked him.
When asked why he thinks these are his attackers, Smollett responded, “Cause … I was there.”
“For me, when that was released, I was like, ‘Okay. We’re getting somewhere,’ you know what I’m saying?” he added. “I don’t have any doubt in my mind that that’s them. Never did.”
The police have not even called those people “suspects” but simply persons of interest who they would like to talk with.
While there was one report those two people were homeless and were dismissed as suspects, police have not actually said that.