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“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.

“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.”

“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.”

— Queen Latifah reveals that she hasn’t tried, convicted, and sentenced Jussie Smollett, as the court of public opinion has, and admits that she needs to see some proof the Empire actor allegedly staged a hate crime against himself. Latifah appeared on a crossover episode between Empire and her show STAR.