Lee Daniels, co-founder and executive producer of Empire, shares his thoughts on the Jussie Smollett case.
Daniels opened up Vulture in a new interview published on Tuesday after he was asked how Smollett's supposedly he was the victim of a hate crime, a claim that Chicago Cops later rejected, accusing the "Empire" Actor to have staged the entire episode to raise salary and promote his career. Smollett has upheld his innocence and rejected the allegations.
"I'm embarrassed," said the 59-year-old director and producer who initially publicly supported Smollett, the broadcaster. "I think when it happened, a bolt of lightning ran away from me in front of Mobbern, I had a flash of my whole life, my childhood, my youth being beaten."
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However, Daniels added that he had "some doubts" about the 36-year-old Smollett's inventing the alleged attack.
] "Of course there are some doubts," he said, "I tell you, because I love him so much, that's the agony I'm in right now, because how would you feel if it was yours? You would feel, please, God, let there be a glimmer of hope that this story contains some truth, so it was so painful, it was a flood of pain. "
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As Daniels continued to press the alleged dizziness, he said, "We were not there, I can not judge him, this is just for the Queen's lady or the king-man with the black robe and God, I had to break away 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 my mind and other shows affected. "
Beginning d This month, Daniels confirmed that Smollett will not find "Empire" in his sixth and final season. Meanwhile, Smollett returned to social media on Monday and shared his first Instagram post since January, claiming he was the victim of a hate crime.
JUSSIE SMOLLETT GIVES A 'HOAX' ATTACK FOR THE FIRST TIME
On January 29, Smollett filed a police report claiming two masked men had attacked him, put a rope around his neck and doused him with bleach. Smollett, black and openly gay, claimed the men made racist and homophobic comments and shouted, "This is MAGA land," pointing to President Trump's motto "Make America Great Again."
After intense investigation, police said Smollett staged the entire episode. In February, he was arrested for allegedly filing a false police report and 1
During a brief and impressive hearing on March 26, Cook County Procuratorate Kim Foxx dropped the case against Smollett even though his bail had expired.