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Queen Latifah said she will continue to support embattled Empire star Jussie Smollett. During a recent interview with Zainab Salbi, Queen Latifah explained why she is still in support of Smollett.

Smollett has been charged with filing a false police report, and was last week slammed by Chicago police officers for taking advantage “of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.”

But Queen Latifah said:  “Until somebody can show me some proof otherwise, I’m going with him,” she says in a clip from the interview. “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 the guy I know.”

On Feb. 21, Smollett was arrested and charged with filing a fake police report, which is Class 4 felony that is punishable by up to three years in prison. He posted bond and was released that same day. Smollett is due back in court on March 14.

Read also: Terrence Howard Defends Jussie Smollett

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