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Lee Daniels Breaks Silence After Jussie Smollett Scandal: The ‘Empire’ Cast Has Felt ‘Pain, Anger, Sadness & Frustration

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Lee Daniels Breaks Silence After Jussie Smollett Scandal: The ‘Empire’ Cast Has Felt ‘Pain, Anger, Sadness & Frustration

Empire’s show creator Lee Daniels finally opened up about Jussie Smollett’s “incident” for the first time since the show’s season comeback this past Wednesday.

Daniels via Instagram:

“These past couple of weeks have been a ‘ roller coaster,” he admits.

He continued ,”Me and my cast have experienced pain, anger, sadness and frustration. And [we] really don’t know how to deal with it, ya know?”

Although he never mentions Smollett by name, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it all out when he stressed that the episodes that have aired over the last two weeks were filmed “prior to the incident,” referring to Smollett’s alleged attacked on Jan. 29 in Chicago, which later led to his arrest and indictment on 16 counts of felony charges.

Smollett of course denies all allegations.

Daniels says all the drama surrounding Smollet is “not what this show was made for.”

Daniels via Instagram

“This show was made to bring America together. To talk about the atrocities that are happening right now in the streets.”

In case you missed it:

This week’s Empire episode opened with Smollett’s character Jamaal playing the piano and singing an original song called “Perfect Place” (which sounded really similar to the song he sang during last week’s episode…just my PhatGyrlSnoop 2 cents), with a slight difference of some lyrics that seem to really shed some hints of the allegations surrounding his real.

The lyrics in question include, “All the shine I left behind/Now I’m here, to my surprise. Was it worth the sacrifice?/’Cause being here is all a lie. Oh, it’s a shame, ’cause now I finally/Found a place that’s all mine… Another place that’s gone.”

Ironic isn’t it??!

What’s your 2 cents??!

Both the Editor in Chief and Lead Entertainment Reporter for PhatGyrlSnoop

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