Jussie Smollett On MAGA Hats: ‘I Never Said That!’

Screenshot/YouTube/Good Morning America

Daily Caller News Foundation logo
Neetu Chandak Education and Politics Reporter
Font Size:

“Empire” star Jussie Smollett disputed the narrative that his alleged January attackers wore Make America Great Again (MAGA) hats in an interview with “Good Morning America” Thursday.

“I never said that!” Smollett said. (RELATED: Authorities Seeking ‘Persons Of Interest’ In ‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett’s Alleged Attack)


Several media outlets reported that Smollett said the alleged attackers wore MAGA hats, but Smollett says that’s inaccurate.

“I didn’t need to add anything like that,” Smollett said. “They called me a [bleep]. They called me a [bleep]. There’s no which way you cut it. I don’t need some MAGA hat as the cherry on top of some racist sundae.”

Smollett has claimed two men beat him up, tied a rope around his neck, said racial and homophobic slurs and threw an unidentified chemical substance on him on Jan. 29, according to The Associated Press.

He claimed in a follow-up interview with the Chicago Police Department that the men said “This is MAGA country.”

Smollett also challenged another narrative that the attack was the result of a date gone wrong.

“I’ve heard that it was a date gone bad, which I so resent that narrative,” Smollett said. “I’m not going to go out and get a tuna sandwich and a salad to meet somebody. That’s ridiculous. And it’s offensive. Yes, there’s Grinder, yes, there’s Jack’d, yes there’s all of these things which I have not been on in years. I can admit that I was on it back in the day. I was single. You know what I’m saying? But I haven’t been on that in years.”

Smollett initially refused to hand over phone records, but then gave police a “heavily redacted” version of the logs.

Follow Neetu on Twitter

Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact