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Lee Daniels Says 'Empire' Cast Experiencing 'Pain, Anger & Sadness' Amid Jussie Smollett Scandal

Lee Daniels Says 'Empire' Cast Experiencing 'Pain, Anger & Sadness' Amid Jussie Smollett Scandal

Lee Daniels is getting candid about the effect Jussie Smollett‘s alleged staged hate crime is having on the cast of Empire.

The 59-year-old director opened up on his Instagram on Wednesday (March 20).

“These past couple of weeks have been a freakin’ rollercoaster,” he explained 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.”

“This is not what the show was made for. The show was made bring America together, to talk about the atrocities happening right now in the streets,” he added.

Jussie recently entered a plea of “not guilty” to 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly lying to police of the hate crime he reported.

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