Earlier in the day, during his first interview since the attack, Smollett said he believes the two people in the video are his attackers.
"I've heard that it was a date gone bad, which I so resent that narrative", Smollett said. "That's ridiculous. And it's offensive". Like, you know, at first it was the thing of like, listen, if I tell the truth then that's because it's the truth.
"Sunshine Sachs firm on Smollett phone records: 'Jussie is the victim here, which has been stated by the Superintendent of Police".
He said making up such a story would hurt the causes he works for. "I am not advocating violence at all, so let's be clear about that".
Asked about the doubts and rumors that have sprung up on social media in the two weeks since the attack, Smollett said, "If I had said it was a Muslim or a Mexican or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot more". "You do such a disservice when you lie about things like this".
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Smollett's account of the attack has prompted a prolonged police investigation that has so far failed to identify any perpetrators. "Chicago Police have not told us that they are rejecting any records, nor have they expressed concerns about the records to us". It was postmarked in southwest suburban Bedford Park on January 18 and bore two American flag stamps.
On "GMA", Smollett said he saw the camera during the attack, but it was pointed the other way.
"Did I make that up too?"
When asked why he hesitated to call the police after the attack, Smollett teared up as he told Roberts, "There's a level of pride there". Police say they've not found surveillance video that shows the attack but that the investigation is ongoing.
"Jussie has voluntarily provided his phone records from within an hour of the attack and given multiple statements to police", a spokesperson for Smollett said in a statement Tuesday. "They called me a f*ggot. My partners number, my families number my cast mates numbers, my friends numbers, my private emails, songs, voicemails".
He added: "I don't know what that's gonna be, to hand over my phone for - and honestly, by then, inaccurate, false statements had already been put out there".
"I never said that!"