Lee Daniels Addresses Jussie Smollett Scandal / Says ‘Empire’ Cast Have Felt “Pain, Anger, Sadness & Frustration”

Published: Thursday 21st Mar 2019 by Sam

As Jussie Smollett gears up for a colossal legal battle, his friend and ‘Empire’ boss Lee Daniels is speaking up and out about the scandal everyone’s talking about.

Last month, the 36-year-old was indicted on 16 counts related what Chicago authorities are saying was a “staged attack.”

At the time of the incident, Smollett filed a police report asserting that he was targeted because of his race and sexuality.

The fall-out from the drama not only has the actor’s role on ‘Empire’ placed in jeopardy, but the entire show’s future too.

It would appear the latter has prompted Daniels – who was one of the first to voice support for Smollett initially – to touch on the matter as best as he could.

See what he had to say below…

In an Instagram post, the show-runner begun with:

“These past couple of weeks have been a freakin’ roller coaster.

Me and my cast have experienced pain, anger, sadness and frustration,” Daniels continued. “And [we] really don’t know how to deal with it, ya know?”

He went on to stress that the show was conceived to “bring America together” versus the dissension occurring in the wake of what he referred to simply as “the incident.” Check out the full clip:


Jussie, who asserts his innocence, is due back in court in mid-April.

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  1. truthtea March 21, 2019

    Well, this could all be over if Jussie just admits he f@cked up, Lee!

  2. Meme March 21, 2019

    Chile please….we all know Daniel was involved in this as well. He’s been so fake from the very beginning. GIrl have a Seat.

    • SMH March 21, 2019

      I agree, Lee Daniels is just as much of a triflin snake as Oprah.

  3. Shontarka Laquita Jackson March 22, 2019

    It’s MAGA country. They said. Lol

  4. Shontarka Laquita Jackson March 22, 2019

    This fool will go broke and will still loose this case. What’s next after they cancel empire. The rating are in the toilet

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