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'Empire' Actor Expresses Anger Over Attack, Public’s Doubt

Jussie Smollett says he’s 'pissed off' that some have doubted his claims about being attacked outside his Chicago apartment last month

File photo: Jussie Smollett attends the Fox Networks Group 2018 programming presentation afterparty in New York, May 14, 2018.
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Actor Jussie Smollett says he’s “pissed off” that some have doubted his claims about being attacked outside his Chicago apartment last month.

The actor who stars in the Fox drama “Empire” made the comments during an interview with ABC News that’s set to air Thursday on “Good Morning America.” A preview clip from the interview was posted online Wednesday.

Smollett says he was attacked Jan. 29 by two masked men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs at him. Smollett, who is openly gay and Jewish, told the police that his attackers tried to tie a rope around his neck and said this is "MAGA country." Chicago police have made no arrests and said they have not found surveillance video that shows the attack.

Jussie Smollett tells ABC News' Robin Roberts he's 'pissed off' after vicious attack | GMA

The 36-year-old Smollett, who is black and openly gay, tells ABC News that he wonders how people could doubt him, adding that what he reported was the truth.