“Empire” Creator Lee Daniels NOT Dating Jussie Smollett, Despite Report

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Lee Daniels Dating Jussie Smollett

By Michael Lewittes |

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“Empire” creator Lee Daniels is NOT dating Jussie Smollett, one of the stars of the show, despite a new report. Gossip Cop can exclusively correct the claim. We’re told it’s “completely ridiculous.”

According to the often ridiculous MediaTakeOut, “The cast and crew of ‘Empire is about to be rocked by a behind the scenes romance.” The webloid claims the “entire crowd” was “shocked” at Saturday night’s 2016 Human Rights Campaign Dinner Gala when Smollet kissed Daniels “on the mouth.” The untrustworthy site adds, “There have long been rumors that Lee and Jussie were ‘dating’… But after that kiss… the rumors appear to have been confirmed.”

First off, the show “Empire” was honored at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner Gala because of how it handles issues relating to LGBT equality. And simply because Smollett congratulated the show’s creator with a kiss before Daniels’ acceptance speech at the dinner does not mean the two men are “dating.”

In fact, if MTO did some reporting instead of jumping to inaccurate conclusions based on a photo it saw, the webloid would have learned that Daniels brought his longtime partner, Jahil Fisher, to the Human Rights Campaign Dinner Gala and publicly addressed him with great affection during his speech. Still, Gossip Cop checked with a source close to Daniels, and we’re exclusively told that claims about the producer dating Smollett are “completely ridiculous.”


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