Australia  

Celebrating 10 Years of Trusted News Discovery
One News Page
> >

Lee Daniels Says ‘Empire’ Cast Has Felt ‘Pain and Anger and Sadness and Frustration’ Amid Jussie Smollett Scandal

The Wrap Thursday, 21 March 2019
Lee Daniels Says ‘Empire’ Cast Has Felt ‘Pain and Anger and Sadness and Frustration’ Amid Jussie Smollett Scandal“Empire” co-creator spoke out about the emotional distress affecting the show’s cast and crew amid star Jussie Smollett’s ongoing criminal case surrounding the allegedly fake attack from earlier this year.

“These past couple of weeks have been a freaking roller coaster,” Daniels said in an Instagram video posted hours before the airing of Wednesday’s episode. “Me and my cast have experienced pain and anger and sadness and frustration and really don’t know how to deal with it you know?”

Smollett appeared in court last week to plead not guilty to 16 counts of disorderly conduct after being accused of lying to police regarding a Jan. 29 incident, in which he said he was randomly attacked by two men shouting racial and homophobic slurs in his Chicago neighborhood.

*Also Read:* Jussie Smollett Pleads Not Guilty to 16 Counts of Disorderly Conduct

Police have accused Smollett of paying two men to stage the attack because he was “dissatisfied with his salary” on the show. Smollett has denied any wrongdoing.

“This is not what the show was made for,” Daniels continued. “The show was made to bring America together. To talk about the atrocities that are happening right now in the streets.”

Daniels also clarified that the currently airing episodes of “Empire” were produced before Smollett’s arrest.

The show’s producers have previously said they would remove his character from the then yet-to-be-filmed final two episodes of the season, airing later this spring.


View this post on Instagram

I was so in my feelings last week that I forgot to post about @empirefox & @staronfox …. I guess y’all know why ????????… anyway I’m back and I’m finally ok!!!! ????????????????????????

A post shared by Lee Daniels (@theoriginalbigdaddy) on Mar 20, 2019 at 1:21pm PDT



*Related stories from TheWrap:*

NAACP Image Awards Under Pressure by Conservative Group to Drop Jussie Smollett's Nomination

Jussie Smollett Pleads Not Guilty to 16 Counts of Disorderly Conduct

Ratings Tank for First 'Empire' Since Jussie Smollett Arrest
0
shares
ShareTweetSavePostSend
 
Credit: Wochit - Published < > Embed
News video: Lee Daniels Opens Up On 'Empire' Team's 'Pain' And 'Sadness'

Lee Daniels Opens Up On 'Empire' Team's 'Pain' And 'Sadness' 01:01

Lee Daniels is speaking out about what life has been like on "Empire" during the Jussie Smollett controversy. Smollett, who stars as Jamal Lyon on the show, has pleaded not guilty to charges related to allegations that he staged a hate crime in Chicago and filed a false police report. Daniels...

You Might Like


Recent related videos from verified sources

“Empire” Cast Wants Jussie Smollett Back [Video]“Empire” Cast Wants Jussie Smollett Back

The cast of “Empire” is calling for Jussie Smollett to return to the Fox TV show.

Credit: HuffPost NOW News     Duration: 01:27Published

Jussie Smollett Makes Television History on 'Empire' [Video]Jussie Smollett Makes Television History on 'Empire'

Jussie Smollett Makes Television History on 'Empire' In what could possibly be his last appearance on the series, Smollett participated in an episode for the record books. Smollett's character,..

Credit: Wibbitz Top Stories     Duration: 01:03Published

Jussie Smollett’s Final Empire Episode Ties Series Low [Video]Jussie Smollett’s Final Empire Episode Ties Series Low

Jussie Smollett’s final episode of “Empire” Season 5 (and possibly his last-ever episode on the Fox hip-hop drama) tied the show’s series low among adults in the sought-after 18-49 demographic...

Credit: Wochit     Duration: 00:41Published

'Empire' Cast Writes Letter Calling for Jussie Smollett's Return | THR News [Video]'Empire' Cast Writes Letter Calling for Jussie Smollett's Return | THR News

"Together, as a united front, we stand with Jussie Smollett and ask that our co-star, brother and friend be brought back for our sixth season of Empire."

Credit: Billboard     Duration: 01:55Published

‘Empire’ Stars Call For Jussie Smollett's Return To The Show [Video]‘Empire’ Stars Call For Jussie Smollett's Return To The Show

‘Empire’ Stars Call For Jussie Smollett's Return To The Show

Credit: Rumble     Duration: 00:45Published

‘Empire’ Cast Pleads For Jussie Smollett To Be Reinstated In The Show [Video]‘Empire’ Cast Pleads For Jussie Smollett To Be Reinstated In The Show

Jussie Smollett was accused of allegedly making false claims of a racist attack against him. Even after all the controversy, the cast of the FOX series “Empire” are supporting Smollett. According..

Credit: Rumble     Duration: 00:32Published

Brothers accused of attacking Jussie Smollett sue actor's lawyers [Video]Brothers accused of attacking Jussie Smollett sue actor's lawyers

The brothers who have been accused of co-ordinating a hate crime attack on ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett are suing the actor's lawyers, claiming in a new federal lawsuit that they have been set up.

Credit: Cover Video     Duration: 00:39Published

Jussie Smollett Lawyers Sued By Attackers In Alleged Hoax [Video]Jussie Smollett Lawyers Sued By Attackers In Alleged Hoax

According to a report by Reuters, on Tuesday, two brothers involved in Jussie Smollett's alleged hate-crime hoax sued the "Empire" actor's lawyers, accusing them of defamation for insisting they had..

Credit: Rumble     Duration: 00:49Published


Other recent news in US

Trump tweet welcomes JOE BIDEN into the presidential race2020 PRESIDENTIAL campaign: Here are the other Democrats Joe Biden is up against
Joe Biden Reached Out to ANITA HILL, but She Wants ‘Real Accountability’Jets Take Alabama’s Quinnen Williams With 3rd Overall Pick In NFL DRAFT
Environmentally friendly: One News Page is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2019 One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
About us  |  Contact us  |  Disclaimer  |  Press Room  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  In the News  |  DMCA / Content Removal  |  Privacy & Data Protection Policy
How are we doing? FeedbackSend us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter  •  FOLLOW us on Pinterest
One News® is a registered trademark of One News Page Ltd.