'Empire' star Jussie Smollett was slammed by Chicago's superintendent live on air for reportedly choreographing a hate crime, but Queen Latifah is standing by her friend until she is proved otherwise.

“The guy I’ve seen has always been someone who cares about people, who cares about others, and who’s very kind and who’s always been cool and sweet," she told Yahoo News

“And that’s just the guy I know. So until I can see some definitive proof — which I haven’t seen yet — then, you know, I gotta go with him until I see otherwise.”

She added: 

“All I know is that I hope everything works out in the end and everybody basically comes out unscathed.”

Smollett was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. If found guilty he could receive up to three years in prison. He is currently out on $100,000 bond and is due back in court Mar. 14.

He continues to maintain his innocence.