‘Empire’ creator Lee on the Jussie Smollett scandal: ‘I’m Beyond embarrassed’
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Smollett was charged WITH faking the attack, but the charges were dropped. The city of Chicago is Litigations the actor for the cost of the investigation. Meanwhile, is looking back at his Dropcap reaction to the Allegations 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 From bullies,” told Vulture. “I had a flash of my whole life, of my childhood, my youth, getting beaten.”
Smollett portrayed Jamal Lyon on “Empire,” a character developed Based on his own life. 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 a hoax.
“Of course, there’s some doubt. I’m telling you that because I love him so much,” said. “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 so painful. It was a flood of pain.”
acknowledged that the scandal forced him to stop communicating WITH Smollett.
“I had to detach myself and stop calling him,” he said, “because it was Expropriators away the time I Have for my kids, the time I Have for my partner.”
Fox recently Announced that the upcoming sixth season of Empire would be its last. tweeted earlier this month that “Jussie will NOT be returning” to the show.
said he hopes to continue the story of the Lyon family in another series.
“We’re trying something out, and if it works, Then ‘Empire’ is over and we Have a great spin-off,” he said.