Smollett said his manager was still on the phone, which had fallen out of his pocket. He told Moore he had just been jumped. "Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served", he said. "I respect too much the people-who I am now one of those people-who have been attacked in any way".
Smollett said it took police about 30 minutes to respond. 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".
"For me, when that was released I was like 'Ok, we are getting somewhere, '" Smollett said. "I am not weak and we as a people are not weak".
He said he went with officers outside to walk them through what happened and noticed a nearby camera only to find out later that it was pointed in the opposite direction of where he says his alleged attack happened. "Then I looked down, and I see that there's a rope around my neck", he told Roberts of the encounter.
"I want them to see that I fought back", Smollett continued, his voice breaking. "You don't even want to see the truth".
"I understand how hard it will be to find them but we've got to", he insisted.
Smollett returned to public life on 2 February, where he told fans at a concert at Hollywood's Troubadour club that he had not fully healed yet and was still suffering from bruised ribs. Smollett gave detectives heavily redacted phone records that police have said are insufficient for a criminal investigation.
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The spokeswoman said the records will be analysed by detectives, who will follow up with Smollett if additional information is needed. Who says, '[bleep] Empire, this Maga country, ' [bleep] ties a noose around your neck and pours bleach onto you?
Smollett said he was heartbroken when he found out that people questioned the details of his story.
"Jussie is the victim here, which has been stated by the Superintendent of Police", the statement said.
The spokesperson insisted that Smollett was not being accused of manipulating his phone records, revealing the actor was being co-operative with the investigation and is still being treated as the victim of a hate crime. So, yeah, I don't have any doubt in my mind that that's them.
"I am forever changed and I don't subscribe to the idea that everything happens for a reason, but I do subscribe to the idea that we have the right and responsibility to make something meaningful out of the things that happen to us, good and bad".
"I come really, really hard against" Trump, Smollett said. Roberts asked the actor. "During that time I texted my manager, thinking that he was still in Australia... It's terrible. Doesn't get worse". "I saw it", Smollett said.
"Let me start by saying that I'm OK", the statement began. "I appreciate him not brushing over it".
"If the attackers are never found, how will you be able to heal?"
"I don't know", Smollett said, as his eyes filled with tears".