Lee Daniels is the co-creator of hit show ‘Empire’ which has now been cancelled and he says he is embarrassed after by the media storm following Jussie Smollett.
When Jussie Smollett alleged to the world that he had been assaulted by homophobes in MAGA hats, he had almost everyone on his side from everyday people to celebrities.
There were tweets, messages, articles and think pieces all in support of the Empire star, so you can imagine the disappointment when it turned out that the entire thing could have been a poorly planned hoax.
Speaking to Vulture, Lee Daniels said that when he first heard the story of Smollett being assaulted, he was appalled and was more than ready to believe the actor.
Daniels had put out an Instagram video in January where he supported Smollett and said ‘This is MAGA country’
On how he felt after more information came out, Lee Daniels said: “I’m beyond embarrassed
“I think that when it happened, I had a flash of me running from bullies. I had a flash of my whole life, of my childhood, my youth, getting beaten.”
With Jussie Smollett’s court case becoming unsealed, more and more incriminating evidence has come out against Jussie which doesn’t make him look good at all.
Daniels says that while he is embarrassed for having initially supported Jussie Smollett, he isn’t 100 percent sure that it’s a complete lie.
“Of course there’s some doubt. I’m telling you that because I love him so much,” he said. “That’s the torture that I’m in right now, because it’s literally, if it were to happen to your son and your child, how would you feel?
“We weren’t there. I can’t judge him,” Daniels added, admitting he had to “detach” himself from calling Smollett because it was taking away from time spent with his children, partner, and creative endeavors.
“It was affecting my spirit and other shows, everything.”