Out director Lee Daniels says he was unable to direct a homophobic scene based on his life on the Fox series Empire.

Empire centers around Empire Enterprises, a hip hop music company run by Lucious Lyon (played by Terrence Howard). Fighting for control of the family empire are Lucious' ex-wife Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and their three sons, one of whom is gay.

In one scene, Lucious throws his son into a trashcan when he finds him wearing women's clothing as a child.

Appearing on CNN, Daniels told Don Lemon that he had told Empire co-creator Danny Strong about the incident.

“I told him this in passing and then when it ended up in the script, I said, 'No, no,'” Daniels said. “In some kind of way, he talked me into it.”

“When it came to the kid walking towards Terrance with his hands on his hips, I couldn't direct the scene. I broke down in tears,” he said. “So, I didn't direct that moment, my sister did, who ain't a director.”