"I'm p***ed off. It's the attackers, but it's also the attacks".
"I want a little gay boy who might watch this to see that I fought back", he said, adding, "They ran off, I didn't".
Police have not confirmed that the substance allegedly poured on Smollett during the attack was bleach.
"It happened so fast". "It felt like minutes, but it probably was like 30 seconds, honestly". And other false reports have frustrated him, he said. "Like, I walked into the hospital, I walked out of the hospital".
Police have not found any surveillance video of the event, which they say is being investigated as a possible hate crime.
Smollett is certain that the two men identified in a photo released by police are his attackers and hopes that will lead to their arrest-though the alternative is not something he is prepared to deal with. Paired with the delay in handing over specific phone records deemed acceptable by police, some outlets and individuals began spreading the idea that this was all a "hoax". Then it became a thing of, like, how can you doubt that?
Trump Supporter Attacks BBC Cameraman at Texas Rally
Ron Skeans with the BBC said the man pushed him hard from his blindside Monday, twice almost knocking him and his camera over. Video footage captured by Skeans shows the camera frame focus on Trump before suddenly pointing down toward a crowd.
"I don't have any doubt in my mind that that's them", he told the network. "I'm an advocate. I respect too much the people - who I am now, one of those people - who have been attacked in any way".
Smollett told ABC News it's "ridiculous" to think he'd lie in his explanation for being outside at 2 a.m.in frigid Chicago weather. I saw where they ran off ... "There's no which way you cut it, I don't need some MAGA hat as the cherry on a racist sundae".
"I've heard that it was a date gone bad, which I also resent that narrative", he said.
He said he didn't remove the rope before police arrived "because I wanted them to see". "My partners number, my families number my cast mates numbers, my friends numbers, my private emails, songs, voicemails".
"Yes, there's all of these things, which I have not been on in years", Smollett said, referring to gay meet-up apps.
"For me, when that was released I was like 'Ok, we are getting somewhere, '" Smollett said. I am not weak. Some are healing and some are hurtful, but I just want young people - young members of the LGBT community, young black children - to know how strong they are.
Smollett blasted inaccurate media reports, including that he said his attackers were wearing "MAGA" hats, an acronym for President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan. "That I can tell you is frightful", he told the press. I'm going to be left there with - so they get to go free and go about their lives and possibly attack somebody else? "It's awful. Doesn't get worse". "We live in a society where as a gay man you are considered somehow to be weak and I am not weak, and we as a people are not weak".