Lee Daniels Speaks Out About the Empire Cast's 'Pain and Anger' After Jussie Smollett Scandal

People - 03-21

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Lee Daniels says the Empire cast has “experienced pain and anger” after star Jussie Smollett allegedly staged his attack in a purported hate crime. In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Daniels, 59, told fans in a video that he was “back and I’m finally ok” in the wake of the incident at the end of January, when Smollett — he stars as main character Jamal Lyon on the Fox drama — claimed two masked men attacked him and used racist and homophobic slurs.