When Jussie Smollett said he had been the victim of a racist and homophobic attack on January 29, [co-creator and executive producer Lee Daniels] made a passionate statement in a video deleted on Instagram. It was "just another damn day in America ".
After Smollett was publicly accused of staging the attack, Daniels Vulture said he regrets rushing to the court.
"I'm also embarrassed about it," he said, "I think when it happened, I was fleeing from mobbern, I had a blitz of my whole life, my childhood, my youth, being beaten."
In the interview published online Tuesday, the Oscar-nominated director said Smollett was like a son, and he still had "some doubts" that the actor would stage an attack.
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"Of course, there are some doubts," Daniels explained. "I'll tell you that because I love him so much. That's the agony I'm in right now, because how would you feel if it happened to your son and child? You would feel, "Please, God, please let the glimmer of hope arise that this story contains some truth." That's why it was so painful. It was a flood of pain.
On the day of the attack, Smollett told the police that he was walking along a Chicago street in the dark, when two unknown offenders approached him and began screaming racist and homophobic insults. The actor said the suspects beat him, wrapped a rope around his neck, and said, "This is the MAGA country."
Vulture reminded Daniels that the Chicago police and the local media had hired Smollett to attack In hopes of receiving a salary increase for Empire, he left little doubt that the incident was a "joke "Was. 19659002 We were not there. I can not judge him, "Daniels replied." That's just for the damned woman or the damned man in the black robe and God. I had to break up and stop calling him because it robbed me of the time I had for my children, the time I had for my partner. It has affected my mind and other shows.
The Cook County Procuratorate charged Smollett with 16 offenses for misconduct for allegedly filing a false police report. The actor remained innocent and did not plead guilty. In a surprise move on March 26, the prosecutor dropped the charges.
The city is now suing him in a civilian court to recover more than $ 130,000 she allegedly spent on police overtime to investigate the case.
Following the breathless coverage of the Chicago Tribune Daniels said it was not time.
"I have not read anything about it," he said. "I was too busy extinguishing a fire."
After the attack, Smollett was spelled out of the final episodes of the fifth season of Empire . Jamal Lyon has been revamped for the sixth and final season of the Fox series. However, Daniels said the reports were absolutely wrong.
"Jussie will NOT return to the Empire," he tweeted on June 4th.