Lee Daniels, the openly gay co-creator of Fox's Empire, on Wednesday said he has felt pain, anger, sadness and frustration over allegations Jussie Smollett faked his own hate crime.

“These past couple of weeks have been a freakin' roller coaster,” Daniels said in an Instagram video. “Me and my cast have experienced pain and anger and sadness and frustration and really don't know how to deal with it. You know?”

“This is not what the show was made for. The show was made to bring America together, to talk about the atrocities that are happening right now in the streets,” he added.

Last week, Smollett pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of disorderly conduct in connection with allegedly lying to investigators in Chicago, where Empire is filmed.

The 36-year-old Smollett, who is black and gay, has claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack that took place January 29 in Chicago.

Police, who initially investigated the incident as a possible hate crime, have accused Smollett of orchestrating his own attack because he was “dissatisfied with his salary” on Empire. Police believe Smollett paid two brothers $3,500 to stage the attack.

(Related: Jussie Smollett dropped from remainder of Empire season.)