Empire star Jussie Smollett made his first public appearance Saturday night (Feb. 2) since his alleged racial and homophobic attack earlier this week in Chicago.
While remaining strong, defiant and declarative during his first performance at West Hollywood’s Troubador, he tells the audience, “The most important thing that I can say is to keep it simple and say thank you and I’m OK. […] I was bruised, but my ribs were not cracked or broken. […] I fought the f–k back. I’m the gay Tupac!”
In addition, he adds, “I’m not fully healed yet, but I’m going to and I’m going to stand strong with you all. I had to be here tonight. I couldn’t let those motherfuckers win!”
Also, he shares, “So, I will always stand for love, I will never stand for anything other than that. Regardless of what anyone else says, I will only stand for love and I hope you will all stand with me.”
Furthermore, the Chicago PD continues their investigation, with help via the FBI and other forces.
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