Lee Daniels has revealed that he is embarrassed that he defended 'Empire' star Jussie Smollett.

"I’m beyond embarrassed," the 59-year-old director and producer told Vulture. "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."

It seems Daniels doesn't believe Jussie's version of events:

"Of course, there’s some doubt," he said. "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."

He then added, "We weren’t there. I can’t judge him. That’s only for the f*cking 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."