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After Jussie Smollett claimed to be a victim of a hate crime earlier this year, "Empire" co-creator Lee Daniels strongly supported the actor.

13 Haziran 2019 - 21:12

After Jussie Smollett claimed to be a victim of a hate crime earlier this year, "Empire" co-creator Lee Daniels strongly supported the actor.

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Smollett was charged with faking the attack, but the charges were eventually dropped. The city of Chicago is suing the actor for the cost of the investigation. Meanwhile, Daniels is looking back at his initial reaction to the alleged crime and opening up about how he feels now.

“I’m beyond embarrassed. I think that when it happened, I had a flash of me running from bullies,” Daniels told Vulture. “I had a flash of my whole life, of my childhood, my youth, getting beaten."

(MORE: Jussie Smollett will not return to 'Empire,' says series co-creator Lee Daniels)

Smollett portrayed Jamal Lyon on "Empire," a character Daniels developed based on his own life. Daniels admitted it would feel like a "huge betrayal" if it turns out that Smollett "did it, was guilty, and all of [the police investigation was] accurate.”

However, the Oscar-nominated director still maintains that Smollett's story may not have been a hoax.

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