Newswire: That Lee Daniels-Mo’Nique feud looks more and more like an Empire storyline

Once upon a time, Mo’Nique and Lee Daniels were like family. They’re still like a family, specifically the one they brought to life in Daniels’ film Precious, where relationships are characterized by vicious abuse and attempted murder-by-falling-television. The escalating feud began with Mo’Nique’s February 19 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, in which the actress said she was blocked from roles after winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Precious. This was revealed in a conversation with Daniels, who told Mo’Nique she had been “blackballed” for her refusal to round the Oscar campaign circuit, a comment Daniels allegedly made within the context of explaining why he offered her roles in his upcoming projects only to rescind them later.

While Mo’Nique’s comments appeared to be more of a broad critique of Hollywood’s treacherous politics than of Daniels himself, the …

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