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02/26/2015 11:06 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

'Empire' Co-Creator Lee Daniels Is 'Gutted' By The Bill Cosby Allegations

Lee Daniels is "wrecked" by the sexual-assault allegations surrounding Bill Cosby, a man the "Precious" director and "Empire" co-creator describes as "one of the reasons I am here today."

"It is very, very hard, and what bothers me most is if there is an iota of truth to this ... the one person of color that means the most to me is pulled down," Daniels told CNN's Don Lemon on Wednesday. "If he is guilty, it says that we are human, which is what I like to examine with every character that I breathe life to. We are not black, it is not white -- it's grey. We are all complicated, and we all like to point fingers and drag people down and drag people through the mud when stuff ain't right. What's fascinating is it's not going to change. I pray for him. I pray for him. I'm sad. I am wrecked by it, I am gutted by it. He's a man. And the victims, you know?"

Watch Daniels' full response in the video above. A timeline of the allegations against Cosby is below:

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