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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (CBS) — Jussie Smollett of the hit show “Empire” made his first public appearance since being attacked in Chicago last week. He and his family describe the attack as a racial and homophobic hate crime.
The actor and singer addressed the attack during his performance Saturday night at a West Hollywood night club.
“Both my doctors in L.A. and Chicago cleared me to perform, but they said to take care, obviously,” Smollett told the crowd. “And above all, I fought back.”
He says, while there has been an outpouring of love, there has also been a bevy of false stories.
Detectives have recovered new surveillance footage of Smollett walking before and after the assault.
Video shows Smollett with a rope around his neck. He says an unknown substance was thrown at him.
Right after the attack, he was seen by a doctor and released.