Jussie Smollett, in his statement, also disputed rumours circulating on social media that he has been less than cooperative with the police and has changed his story time and again.
The Arctic cold has caused at least 12 deaths since Saturday across the Midwest. Some died in weather-related traffic accidents, others from apparent exposure to the elements.
Polar vortex freezes US Midwest; schools, postal services shut down as authorities struggle to provide shelter to homeless
Winter's sharpest bite in years moved past painful into life-threatening territory, prompting officials throughout the Midwest in the US to take extraordinary measures to protect the homeless as the chill of the polar vortex froze a huge chunk of the region.
Mercury plunges to 'life-threatening temperatures' in US midwest; Chicago makes special arrangements for homeless
A brutal cold wave hit the American Midwest on Wednesday, bringing temperatures lower than those in Antarctica, grounding flights, closing schools and businesses — and raising fears of hypothermia.
Polar Vortex Explained: Artic-like deep freeze grips US with coldest temperature in 20 years, but is this climate change?
Occasionally we get meandering of the polar vortex and that is what is happening right now. And if you get a real big one you can have a big blob of cold air penetrate very far south.
Jussie Smollett was beaten at around 2:00 am in Chicago by two attackers who yelled "racial and homophobic slurs".
On Michelle Obama's birthday, nearly a million likes on both Instagram and Twitter, have poured in for the picture of the power couple who first met at a law firm in Chicago in the late 1980s where Michelle in fact mentored Barack for a time
Senior US Navy officer in-charge of West Asia operations found dead in Bahrain home, so signs of foul play
The Chicago native entered the US Navy in 1982 after graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in economics. He later obtained a master's degree from the National Defense University.
Four, including gunman, killed in shooting at Chicago hospital; assailant opened fire after argument with first victim
The shooter killed the first victim — a woman who was in a "domestic relationship" with him — in the parking lot of Chicago's Mercy Hospital, then fired at police when they got to the hospital, and ran inside.
One dead, three injured as gunman opens fire at Chicago's Mercy Hospital; eyewitnesses say attacker was shooting indiscriminately
A gunman opened fire on Monday at a Chicago hospital, wounding at least four people, including a police officer and a hospital employee, authorities said. According to Chicago police, the officer shot by the gunman succumbed to injuries.
Six children dead, 12 sick in adenovirus outbreak at New Jersey rehab center in US; no patients to be admitted till outbreak ends
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an email that it is providing technical assistance to the state. In the past 10 years, cases of severe illness and death from the type of infection found at the facility have been reported in the United States, said CDC spokeswoman Kate Fowlie in an email, though it's unclear how many deaths there have been.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's RSS-Muslim Brotherhood analogy insults country's heritage, shows how party has regressed
To equate the RSS' view of life with that of the Muslim Brotherhood is an affront to our great civilisational heritage and history.
The TMC alleged that the BJP, RSS wanted only one major programme to be held in Chicago on that occasion. "Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago, on the occasion of 125 years of the historic address by Swami Vivekananda, had invited Mamata Banerjee to attend a programme in Chicago. The chief minister of West Bengal confirmed her participation to them," TMC's chief national spokesperson Derek O'Brien said in a statement.
Cancellation of Chicago trip on Swami Vivekananda's speech anniversary an 'unholy conspiracy' says Mamata Banerjee
While the Trinamool Congress supremo had made all the preparations for the Chicago visit, the organisers of the event had in a letter in June informed her that the scheduled programme was cancelled.
125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda's Chicago speech: World Hindu Congress calls for stronger Hindu voice worldwide
The main consensus emerging from three-day World Hindu Congress (WHC) was that Hindus worldwide should become more visible as positive change-makers in their respective countries they call home
Day after RSS' dogs-and-lions analogy, Venkaiah Naidu stresses on preserving true values of Hinduism to alter 'ill-informed' opinions
Some people are trying to make the word Hindu 'untouchable' and 'intolerable', Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said Sunday at World Hindu Congress in Chicago as he stressed on the need of preserving the true values of Hinduism to alter 'ill-informed' opinions and attitudes
Delegates at the World Hindu Congress being held in Chicago received a sweet box in their welcome packet containing two ladoos.
Prakash Ambedkar criticises Mohan Bhagwat for referring to Opposition as dogs at World Hindu Congress
Speaking at the second WHC on Friday, Bhagwat had said that Hindus had no aspiration of dominance and the community would prosper only when it worked as a society.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat, speaking at the second World Hindu Congress (WHC) which coincides with the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s speech at the Parliament of World Religions in 1893 in Chicago, called on the world's Hindu community to come together in a tighter embrace although it is a "difficult" task.
Venkaiah Naidu leaves for 2-day US visit to deliver address at 2nd World Hindu Congress, interact with diaspora
The World Hindu Congress, which is scheduled to be held from 7 to 9 September, is held once every four years. The event will also mark the commemoration of 125 years of Swami Vivekananda's address at the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago.