Former Empire actor Jussie Smollett who was famously accused of staging a racist, homophobic attack against himself maintains his innocence.

Jussie who was allegedly assaulted in January, 2019 still insists that is is not a hoax, but now says there’s evidence to back it up, there is also reason to suggest that there are forces working against him to keep the truth hidden. “It was set up to make it seem like I was lying about something or everything,” he said.

“What happened in these last two years, it has humbled me in a way that nobody could possibly understand,” Smollett said Wednesday in his first interview in nearly two years. “Out of all these jokers in this entire situation, I am the only human being who has not changed his story one time.”

Jussie Smollette in an interview.

Smollett, who is black and publicly known to be gay, told police at the time of the alleged attack that two masked men attacked him as he was walking home. He said they made racist and homophobic insults, beat him, and looped a noose around his neck before fleeing.

The actor doesn’t appreciate that he hasn’t been able to tell his side of the story. “It’s been frustrating to say the least. It’s been frustrating. It’s been beyond frustrating because to be somebody that’s so outspoken, to be somebody that speaks up for so much and speaks up about so many things, it’s been difficult to kinda be, you know, quiet,” Smollett said.

Smollett urged viewers to “look a little bit deeper” at police departments and prosecutors involved in his case, saying they are financially motivated to “win” a case at any cost.