"I'm beyond embarrassed," Daniels shared. "I think that when it happened, I had a flash of me running from bullies. I had a flash of my whole life, of my childhood, my youth, getting beaten."
Daniels, who became close friends with Smollett during the production of the series, said that the accusations against Smollett -- which the actor has roundly denied -- came out of the "blue," and added that it would feel like a betrayal "If it turned out that he did it."
However, for Daniels, he's still not convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that Smollett planned the attack on himself.
"Of course, there’s some doubt. I’m telling you that because I love him so much," Daniels said. "That’s the torture that I’m in right now, because it’s literally if it were to happen to your son and your child, how would you feel? You would feel, 'Please, God, please let there be that glimmer of hope that there is some truth in this story.' That’s why it’s been so painful. It was a flood of pain."
"We weren’t there. I can’t judge him," Daniels added. "That’s only for the f**king lady or man with that black robe and God."
Daniels went on to explain that the stress of dealing with the situation had started to get to him, so he had to step back from the fray.
"I had to detach myself and stop calling him, because it was taking away the time I have for my kids, the time I have for my partner," Daniels recalled. "It was affecting my spirit and other shows, everything."