Lee Daniels, creator of the Fox series Empire, said Sunday that he and Jussie Smollett have received death threats over the show's gay storylines.

On the hit show, Smollett, 31, plays Jamal Lyon, who struggles with his father's objection to him being gay. Smollett came out gay in March.

In one scene, Lucious Lyon (played by Terrence Howard) throws his son into a trashcan when he finds him wearing women's clothing as a child.

“I have to relate to these people,” Daniels, who is openly gay, said at the 2015 Produced by Conference in Los Angeles. “That trash can scene? It happened [to me].”

“This is real. Homophobia is real in the African-American community. … And we will continue to do our thing until homophobia is done,” Daniels said to applause.