Queen Latifah is continuing to support her pal Jussie Smollett as he faces accusations of paying two brothers to beat him up as part of a publicity stunt.
The “Empire” actor claimed he was the victim of a hate crime outside his Chicago, Illinois apartment, telling police officers two white men beat him up and tied a noose around his neck while yelling homophobic and racial slurs.
Smollett also appeared on TV recalling the attack.
The actor is now facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report in the hope the hoax would boost his career and salary.
He has been dropped as a regular on “Empire” amid the drama, but Queen Latifah, who appeared on the show as Carlotta Brown, is standing by her man.
In a new “Through Her Eyes” interview for Yahoo News, the Chicago star tells host Zainab Salbi: “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.”
“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.”