Queen Latifah is sticking by “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett despite the controversy surrounding him.
Smollett was charged last month for staging a hoax hate-crime attack against himself.
Appearing on Yahoo!‘s “Through Her Eyes”, Latifah spoke about Smollett, whom she worked with on a crossover episode of her show “STAR”.
“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 said. “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.”
Latifah added, “I don’t even know what to make of it. All I know is that I hope everything works out in the end and everybody basically comes out unscathed.”
Smollett is currently out on bond and is due in court March 14. He faces up to three years in prison if convicted.
The actor has also been suspended from “Empire”.