Director Lee Daniels posted images of the 1st day of filming season 2 of Fox TV's soap opera/musical 'Empire' on his social media accounts.
Comedian Chris Rock will appear in a prison yard scene with incarcerated record label owner Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard).
Despite being in a 5-year relationship with a man, Daniels persistently invades the personal space of heterosexual men whom he casts in his shows and films. Insiders say Daniels constantly pushes up on heterosexual men who have started to complain bitterly about his aggressive sexual behavior.
A few bold name heterosexual actors have turned down roles in 'Empire' because they fear being molested by the open gay director.
"He can't talk to you without touching and invading your space," one insider told me.
In an effort to quiet the rumors, Daniels posted an Instagram photo of himself and his "husband" with the caption: "5 years and counting #happyanniversay". But the rumors persist.
As I told you previously, Daniels has big plans to cast 'Empire with mostly gay and bisexual actors and artists.
Daniels has tapped gay and bisexual stars Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz and Oprah Winfrey to star in season 2. But one singer who refuses to sign on is Trey Songz.
According to my source, Trey and another popular male singer declined offers to star in 'Empire' because of rumors that Daniels is too sexually aggressive and can't keep his hands and his lips off of heterosexual men.
As a result, Daniels has quietly begun blacklisting certain actors and singers.
Sean Combs also nixed a role offered to his play son, Quincy Brown, for the same reasons.
"He's worse than Tyler [Perry]," said my source referring to Daniel. "He tries it with all the male stars in his movies. His casting couch is very busy."
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