“Empire” creator, Lee Daniels has revealed in a recent interview with “Vulture” that he’s had to stop communicating with Empire star, Jussie Smollett for the sake of his family and his own well-being.
According to him, that he’s embarrassed about what happened with Jussie Smollet and feels betrayed by him.
“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.”
“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,”Daniels said.
Daniels said he knows Smollett well enough to view him like a son and that the scandal came out of left field. When asked if it felt “like a huge betrayal,” Daniels said only “if it turned out that he did it, was guilty, and all of it’s accurate.”
“Of course there’s some doubt,” he added. “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.”
Last week, the “Empire” creator shot down a report that implied Smollett would return for the sixth and final season of the FOX series, tweeting in response to the article, “This is not factual. Jussie will NOT be returning to ‘Empire.’”
Smollett made headlines in January after reporting to Chicago police that he had been the victim of a racist and homophobic assault. After a weeks-long investigation, Chicago PD said they believed the actor had orchestrated the attack on himself and accused him of paying his trainers and show extras, brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo, to carry out the assault.
Prosecutors later dropped all 16 charges against Smollett in exchange for him performing community service and forfeiting his $10,000 bond. It was a decision that outraged Chicago’s then-mayor and the police chief, who demanded that Smollett pay the city the more than $130,000 it cost to fund the investigation.
Smollett continues to deny that he staged the crime and duped police. His attorneys have also said the actor will not be intimidated to pay the city.
I Won’t Return The 2019 VGMA Plaques I Won : Stonebwoy Tells Charterhouse
Ghanaian dancehall artiste, Livingstone Etse Satekla has stated that contrary to Charterhouse’s request that he and Shatta Wale return the plaques they won at this year’s VGMA’s, he will never return the plaques.
Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy after their unpopular VGMA brawl were indefinitely suspended from partaking in the subsequent VGMA’s and were asked to return the plaques they won on the night.
The artiste/popular of the year which we were told by Sefa Kayi belonged to Shatta and Stonebwoy was as also not announced because of the fracas.
In an interview with Andy Dosty on Accra-based Hitz FM today, 20th September 2019, Stonebwoy reacted Charterhouse’s statement, indicating that asking him to return a plaque he won with his fan’s vote is a sign of disrespect for him.
According to Stonebwoy, he did not steal the awards, so why must he return the plaque adding that he deserved the awards because of his hard work.
Stonebwoy described the actions of Charterhouse as haste and judgemental.
Speaking on the unfortunate incidence, he apologised and noted that people could have died because of the pandemonium that occurred on that day so for him and his fans to lose their lives for nothing is alarming.
“What happened at the VGMA’s was a turning point for me and the music industry”, he added.
I Feel Disrespected Over Vodafone And Charterhouse Snub After VGMA Fracas : Stonebwoy
Stonebwoy has expressed disappointment on the part of the organizers of the annual Ghana Music Awards, Charterhouse Ghana and headline sponsor, Vodafone after his VGMA brawl with Shatta Wale.
Stonebwoy today, 20th September in an interview with Andy Dosty on Accra-based Hitz FM stated that immediately after the unpopular incidence, he sent an apology letter to the organizers, Charterhouse.
Stonebwoy in his narration noted that he sent a first letter which wasn’t replied. He followed it up with subsequent letters and they all haven’t been replied to date.
According to him, he isn’t happy about Charterhouse and Vodafone’s snub; and feels disrespected by that act.
“I was the first one to apologize to Charterhouse. I sent apology letters, and I did not even receive replies; which I also deem disrespectful. I sent apologies to VodafoneGhana. No reply”.
Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy are currently standing trial for causing a commotion during the 20th VGMA’s.
Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale have been charged with offensive conduct conducive to breach of peace, while Stonebwoy is facing another charge of displaying a weapon in public place without permission.
The two have since been banned indefinitely from participating in future VGMA events.
I Can Now Boast Of A New Car And A New House : Fameye
Fast rising Ghanaian musician, Fameye after crying of not having anything to his name has now revealed that his financial strength has soared and can now boast of having money.
According to Fameye in an interview, he has been able to purchase a new car, relocated to a new house and putting his life on the right track.
Fameye who looked all grateful during the interview said his immediate interest was to secure his daily meal and a place to lay his head before really amassing wealth and he has now been able to do that.
He went on to say initially he never wanted to buy a car but looking at the pressures that comes with being a musician he decided to get it to make his rounds easy.
Born Peter Paa Kwasi Famiyeh, the amazing musician had his greatest breakthrough in the industry this year with his hit song “Notin I Get”.
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