Jussie Smollett in First Concert After Assault: "I Fought the F*ck Back!"

The gay, African American artist also said on stage that he had been advised against performing so soon after he was attacked on a street in what police said they are investigating as a possible hate crime.

As previously reported, a source told ET that Smollett was walking around Chicago early Tuesday morning when two men started yelling racial and homophobic slurs at him, before repeatedly hitting him. That's led to some conflicting views of what actually happened.

Interested in Jussie Smollett? Using notes scrawled down on a crumpled piece of paper, the actor ticked off four points of fact that have been the subject of some confusion. "They were not broken". I went to the doctor immediately - I was not hospitalised. He also said he was not hospitalized and that his physicians in Los Angeles and Chicago had given him the green light to perform.

Smollett wraps up the details surrounding his attack by letting fans know, "And above all, I fought the f*** back", which received an abundance of applause from the crowd. The most important that I can say, to keep it simple, thank you so much.

He told his fans in attendance: "I had to be here tonight, y'all". They have, however, obtained images of people they'd like to question and say Smollett has been co-operative with the investigation. "And after much debating, some arguing, many tears, my family and I realized that tonight is an important part of Jussie's healing".

"I'm not fully healed yet", said Smollett, who is black and openly gay, "but I'm going to be, and I'm gonna stand strong with y'all", he said to cheers from the audience at the The Troubadour in West Hollywood, Calif.

In his statement, Smollett expressed gratitude for the "outpouring of love and support" he has received since the attack - even the president weighed in Thursday, calling it "horrible". Some cameras rotate and don't continuously capture footage of the same spots, so there is a good chance that detectives may not find footage of Smollett being attacked, he said. I will never stand for anything other than that. "I stand on the backs of the Lee Danielss". "My body is strong and my soul is stronger". Regardless of what anyone else says, I will only stand for love.

Smollett stars alongside Terence and Taraji P. Henson in "Empire", the Fox TV show about the power struggles of a family in the music business that is now in its fifth season. They allegedly punched and poured bleach on him while one of the suspects put a rope around his neck.

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