Frank Gatson Jr., a choreographer who works with Beyoncé, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez and who has won more MTV VMAs for choreography than anyone else, is speaking out about the night Jussie Smollett says he was attacked.
Gatson, who is Smollett's creative director, told ExtraTV he is the one who insisted they call the police:
I was there with Jussie. I’m the one who called 911, I am the one who took him to the hospital, and it was so scary, man, that was a scary night — my stomach was numb.
Calling Smollett “a strong guy,” he nonetheless has regrets about not walking with Smollett that late at night.
Though Gatson didn't see what happened, he did have high praise for the Chicago police who responded, and he had this to say about the gay angle of the alleged hate crime:
It is amazing to me how the white community really supports the LGBTQ community, but it’s amazing how some black families would rather their son be a murderer than be gay. I hope that my community, the black community, understands it’s people’s business what their sexuality is. I just hope that one day the black community, the brown community, can wake up and support our brothers and sisters who are gay. The hateration is just unbelievable.
Police recently announced new video of the area had been obtained, but so far, there is no footage of the attack.