Lee Daniels Stopped Talking to Jussie Smollett

June 12, 2019

USA Today

from rhymeswithsnitch

Back in January director Lee Daniels was the first person to jump to actor Jussie Smollett's defense after he claimed to have been attacked by racist homophobes in Chicago in what later turned out to be a hoax.

Lee admits he is beyond embarrassed and has stopped talking to Jussie...

Lee Daniels tells 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."

"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."