Out actor Jussie Smollett on Friday released his first statement since suffering a homophobic attack in Chicago.

Smollett, who is black and came out gay in 2015, was attacked early Tuesday morning by two men wearing masks in downtown Chicago. The men hurled racial and homophobic slurs and told Smollett that he was in “MAGA country.”

(Related: Jussie Smollett at home recovering after possible anti-gay hate crime.)

Smollett, 36, plays Jamal Lyon, a gay character, on the Fox drama Empire.

“Let me start by saying that I’m OK,” Smollett said in a statement given to ESSENCE. “My body is strong but my soul is stronger. More importantly, I want to say thank you. The outpouring of love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to truly put into words.”

“I am working with authorities and have been 100% factual and consistent on every level. Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served,” he continued. “As my family stated, these types of cowardly attacks are happening to my sisters, brothers and non-gender conforming siblings daily. I am not and should not be looked upon as an isolated incident. We will talk soon and I will address all details of this horrific incident, but I need a moment to process. Most importantly, during times of trauma, grief and pain, there is still a responsibility to lead with love. It’s all I know. And that can’t be kicked out of me.”

In a statement released Thursday, Smollett's family said: “We want to be clear, this was a racial and homophobic hate crime. Jussie has told the police everything from the very beginning. His story has never changed, and we are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice.”

The Chicago Police Department has said that it is investigating “persons of interest” from surveillance videos. The FBI is investigating a threatening letter laced with white powder Smollett received last week. A spokesman told CNN that the white powder was aspirin.

Smollett, also a musician, is scheduled to perform Saturday in Los Angeles.