As the saga surrounding Empire star Jussie Smollett continues to show signs of coming to a close anytime soon, his boss, Lee Daniels, is standing by his side
In New York to produce and Off-Broadway play while Empire is on hiatus, the producer produces with Extra about the woe plaguing Smollett – and the Empire cast as a result.
"The cast is upset, it's a sad time, and we're slowly healing," said Daniels of the imp act the drama surrounding Smollett – and had accredited two brothers to stage a racist and homophobic attack on him – has had on the Empire family.
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However, Smollett has maintained his innocence, and Daniels, Score Extra that the actor is like to him, says he can only be supportive.
"What I am learning right now I can't judge […] that judgment is for that man wearing that black coat with gavel and god, ”Daniels said. “I can only support him because he is like my son; he is my son. So I am with him; I can only support him and give him compassion. ”
Lee is in New York producing the play Ain't No Mo ', by 23-year-old playwright Jordan E. Cooper, whose Daniels discovered.
Playing at the Public Theater through May 5, the production was described thusly by Daniels:
"It's about the last African Americans that leave to go to Africa, is a queen of your flight attendant, Obama is your pilot and you laugh and you cry and i have never seen anything like it in my life. ”
Lee is hoping to bring it to Broadway and make a movie that he would directly in the future.