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Lee Daniels Is 'Beyond Embarrassed' About Jussie Smollett's Hate Crime Scandal

Lee Daniels is sharing his candid feelings about Jussie Smollett‘s alleged hate crime hoax scandal.

The Empire co-creator and director spoke out in an interview with Vulture.

“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,” he said of initially pledging his support for Jussie when news broke of the alleged hate crime.

When asked if it was something he would have suspected or out of the blue, he responded: “Blue. Blue.”

“If it turned out that he did it, was guilty, and all of it’s accurate,” he added.

He also admitted he doesn’t know for sure what’s true.

“Of course, there’s some doubt. I’m telling you that because I love him so much. 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? You would feel, Please, God, please let there be that glimmer of hope that there is some truth in this story. That’s why it’s been so painful. It was a flood of pain.”

“We weren’t there. I can’t judge him. That’s only for the f–king lady or man with that black robe and God. I had to detach myself and stop calling him, because it was taking away the time I have for my kids, the time I have for my partner. It was affecting my spirit and other shows, everything,” he went on to say.

He also addressed whether Jussie is returning to Empire. Click here to see his reaction!

To read more of Lee‘s reaction, head to Vulture.com.

Ava DuVernay & Lee Daniels Arrive Together for Met Gala 2019

Ava DuVernay brightens up the 2019 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday (May 6) in New York City.

The 46-year-old director donned a silk green dress with a giant pink flower on it as she arrived at the event.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ava DuVernay

Joining Ava on the pink carpet was fellow director Lee Daniels who kept things cool in a pair of sunglasses and leopard-print coat.

The Costume Institute Gala Benefit this year is celebrating the opening of the “Camp: Notes on Fashion” exhibition.

FYI: Ava is wearing custom Prada.

10+ pictures inside of the directors at the event…More Here! »

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Diane Kruger, Lucy Boynton & More Step Out for Prada Resort Fashion Show!

Diane Kruger and Lucy Boynton strike a pose while attending the Prada Resort 2020 Fashion Show held on Thursday night (May 2) at the Prada Headquarters in New York City.

The 42-year-old Operative actress and 25-year-old Bohemian Rhapsody star were joined at the event by Aladdin‘s Mena Massoud, Naomi Watts, Uma Thurman and her son Levon Thurman-Hawke, Paul Dano and his girlfriend Zoe Kazan, AvengersPom Klementieff and Joel Edgerton.

Also in attendance to show their support for the presentation were Charlie’s Angels star Ella Balinska, Dane DeHaan and his wife Anna Wood, Haley Bennett, rapper Anderson Paak, fashion blogger Caroline Daur, editor-in-chief of Vogue Anna Wintour, designer Marc Jacobs and his husband Char Defrancesco, directors Joe Wright, Baz Luhrmann, Sofia Coppola and Lee Daniels.

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Halsey Reveals She Considered Having Sex for Money When She Was Homeless

Halsey is opening up about her difficult past.

The 24-year-old “Without Me” singer attended the Ending Youth Homelessness: A Benefit For My Friend’s Place Gala at Hollywood Palladium on Saturday (April 6) in Los Angeles.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Halsey

During the event, Halsey gave a speech about her life after being kicked out of her parents’ home when she was 19.

“When I was living in New York, I was a teenager. My friends were picking out decorations for their dorms, and I was debating on whether or not I should let a stranger inside of me so I could pay for my next meal,” she said.

“It wasn’t because I did something bad. It wasn’t because something was wrong with me, and it wasn’t because my parents didn’t love me—because they did very much. But a series of unfortunate circumstances lead me to be in that position, and it can happen to absolutely anyone.”

Empire creator Lee Daniels, The Fosters star Jake T. Austin, Grey’s Anatomy star Giacomo Gianniotti and wife Nichole Gustafson also attended the event.

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Cynthia Nixon & Cuba Gooding Jr. Attend Opening Night of 'Ain't No Mo'' in NYC

Cynthia Nixon and Cuba Gooding Jr. are joining the Ain’t No Mo’ opening night celebration!

The stars were in attendance at the play’s opening night on Wednesday evening (March 27) at The Public Theater in New York City.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Cynthia Nixon

Bevy Smith, Orange Is The New Black‘s Danielle Brooks and Empire creator Lee Daniels were also in attendance.

Director Stevie Walker-Webb, writer and star Jordan E. Cooper and cast members Fedna Jacquet, Crystal Lucas-Perry, Ebony Marshall-Oliver, Jennean Farmer, Marchant Davis, Simone Recasner and Hermon Whaley Jr were all in attendance at opening night.

Ain’t No Mo’ is a vibrant satirical odyssey portraying the great exodus of black Americans out of a country plagued with injustice. In a kaleidoscope of scenes of the moments before, during, and after this outrageous departure, the play explores the value of black lives in a country hurtling away from the promise of a black president.

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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.