By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique has been making headlines for months now because she’s been clashing with “Empire” creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong.
Mo’Nique says Lee told her she had been blackballed by Hollywood after informing her that she was no longer in the running to play Cookie, but Danny claimed on Twitter that Mo’Nique was never considered for the role and Taraji was always the first choice.
Well it looks Mo’Nique was telling the truth.
She sat down with Sway Calloway to set the record straight and she provided emails that back up her story.
When asked why she brought the receipts, she says:
“When people were making it seem like I was pulling something out of the air, and I was just trying to attack this brother, I’m like I have the emails and the communication going back and forth with Lee Daniels. It was a conversation we had then I get the email from his office. Me and Lee had a conversation about the role of Cookie. And all I was saying was don’t attack my character. Just say what the conversation was. That’s it. It makes no one look good or bad it’s just it is what it was. But he began to say things that just wasn’t true. That’s when I had to say, ‘brother I can’t allow you to do that.’
“Because when you start putting my character on the line…I take pride in my career. I take pride in my integrity. I take pride in my character. But when you put it on the line like that and people begin to question me about my character who know me…so I wanted to bring the emails to you.”
Check out the video below. Sway starts reading the emails at the 6:50 mark.
Spotted at Talk Your Ish Blog