'Empire' star breaks silence on attack in Chicago

Jussie Smollett, who said he was beaten by two men shouting racist, homophobic slurs, took the stage this weekend to share a message of love in the face of hate.
2:03 | 02/04/19

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That's a tease. Something to look forward. We'll going to move now on to jussie smollett. Breaking his silence on that attack in Chicago. He took the stage this weekend to share a message of love in the face of hate. ABC's Alex Perez joins us from Chicago. Alex, this was an emotional performance? Reporter: Yeah, that's right, George. This is first time he's spoken publicly about the performance. He said he needed this performance to help him heal. Jussie smollett is striking a defiant tone, saying he couldn't let his attacker win. An emotional smollett performing in front of soldout crowd in west Hollywood. While in Chicago last week, he said he was jumped by two men wearing masks shouting racest slurs and putting a rope around his neck. The most important thing that I can say is to keep it simple and thank you so much and I'm okay. I'm going to stand strong with yail. Reporter: Telling fans a lot of what's been said in the media is, quote, absolutely not true. I was bruised my ribs were not broken. Above all, I ] Back. Reporter: Police identifying two person of interest. We're making gains in the investigation. Regardless of what anyone else says I will always stand for love. And I hope that you all will stand with me. So thank you. Reporter: The authorities have not been able to track down those two people seen in that surveillance image. Smollett says he believes there will be justice in this case. Guys. And the investigation is moving forward. All right, thank you, Alex

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