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

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

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

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 posted a video on Instagram Wednesday prior to the airing of "Empire" .

"These past couple of weeks have been a freakin' roller coaster," Daniels said in the video.

"We have, me and my cast, have experienced pain and anger and sadness and frustration and really don't know how to deal with it." "Everything has happened, what you are seeing tonight, prior to the incident," he added.

"This was not what the show is made for.

The show was made to bring America together...to talk about the atrocities that are happening right now in the streets." Smollett has been indicted on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct by a Cook County grand jury.

Smollett has denied he was involved in orchestrating the attack, and is currently free on bail.

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