In a recent conversation with SiriusXM's Sway Calloway, Jussie Smollett spoke about his notorious sit-down with ABC News' Robin Roberts during which he claimed that his assault was perpetrated on a frigid Chicago, late at night, with two Donald Trump supporters who told him “this is MAGA country.”
“Every single word I said in that interview was the truth,” the former Empire star claimed.
“I was so angry and so offended that I had to go on national television and explain something that happened to me,” said the man, noting that the goal was “to represent all of us that had been assaulted based on who we are.”
Later, in an interview with Sway Calloway, Smollett denied that he had been involved in the propaganda about hate crimes.
“If I were to commit something, it wouldn't be to appear like someone who was a victim. The goal would be to appear as someone who is strong,” he said, saying he didn't require “some type of climb” in his professional life.
“There would be no reason for me to do some dumb, corny shit like that but people are going to believe what they believe,” he added. “If I'd made this mistake, then I'd have been an unrepentant shite … because I put my fist in the phobias of people in the LGBTQ community across the world. I'm not a motherfucker.”
In December, a Chicago jury found Jussie Smollett of five of six charges connected to the hoax of the hate crime and also for lying to police. He was sentenced for 150 days in prison but was released after only several days of bail in the midst of his appeal.