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Feb 01 2019
Jussie Smollett's First Words Since Attack Are To ESSENCE, Asserts: I ... HAVE BEEN 100% FACTUAL AND CONSISTENT Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2019-02-01 at 11.30.03 AM(Image via Instagram @jussiesmollett)

It was getting embarrassing that Jussie Smollett's team, probably manager Brandon Z. Moore, were consistently feeding information only to TMZ. Now, he's speaking out to a more respectable outlet — Essence.

He says, in a statement:

Let me start by saying that I’m ok. My body is strong but my soul is stronger. More importantly I want to say thank you. The outpouring of love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to truly put into words.

I am working with authorities and have been 100% factual and consistent on every level. Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served.

As my family stated, these types of cowardly attacks are happening to my sisters, brothers and non-gender conforming siblings daily. I am not and should not be looked upon as an isolated incident. We will talk soon and I will address all details of this horrific incident, but I need a moment to process. Most importantly, during times of trauma, grief and pain, there is still a responsibility to lead with love. It’s all I know. And that can’t be kicked out of me.

With Love, respect & honor…Jussie.

Smollett asserts his story — unlike tidbits reported by TMZ and many others in the past few days — has never changed.

Here is the statement as it was submitted:

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