Taraji P. Henson on Co-Star Jussie Smollett’s Attack: ‘Hate Won’t Win’

February 4, 2019

In Taraji P. Henson's first TV interview since her onscreen son, Jussie Smollett, was allegedly the victim of a hate crime, she declared, "Hate won't win." Henson, who plays Cookie Lyon on "Empire," appeared on the "Today" show to discuss the alleged attack on Smollett by two masked men in Chicago. "Jussie is love. That's who he is. That's all he knows. In this situation, hate won't win.” she said. Smollett was allegedly attacked by two men who yelled racial and homophobic slurs.

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