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Lee Daniels Slams Mo'Nique In Horrifying New Interview: 'She Needs To Shut Up'

He also breaks his silence about getting ambushed by Dame Dash.

For the first time since Lee Daniels' viral disagreements with Mo'Nique and Damon Dash, respectively, became public knowledge, the director is speaking out about both instances.

During his explanations, he made it clear that he feels quite differently about each figure and held nothing back while expressing what those differing opinions were.

During the sit-down interview on TMZ's Raq Rants, the famed director first touched on being publicly confronted by Damon Dash for a reason many have agreed was justified.

In fact, Daniels admitted that he was in the wrong and even showered the entrepreneur with praise while deeming Dash's millions of dollars as an "investment."

"I looked him in the eyes, and I told him that you would get your investment back," he said. "This Black man gave me money when nobody [would], not Disney, not Sony, not TriStar, not Paramount, not Warner Bros."

He then made it a point to stress that he will be reimbursing Dash for his hefty "investment," saying, "I'm going to work out something for him to get it because I am in a position now to get it to him... I don't know if I would be successful if it weren't for him."

While the brotherhood seemed to be alive and well between Daniels and Dash, at least on the former's part, he explained that he felt polarizingly opposite about Mo'Nique, whom he directed in Precious.

After the interviewer told Daniels he "gave Mo'Nique an award," referencing the Academy Award she earned for her role in the film, the director boldly said the actress "needs to shut up."

"There's levels to that," he said. "And for her to think that I could do anything but, I don't know, I don't, like, it ain't even worth the conversation. Like, she needs to shut up!"

He added that he "fought hard for her" to get the role and that she was paid the money she was owed for the budget he had for the film. In regards to her criticism of him, he called it disrespectful, wrong, and "out of pocket."

"No one blackballed her. Mo'Nique blackballed [herself] and for her to continue to talk about Oprah and myself and Tyler [Perry] is disrespectful," he said before adding that the intimacy level they both experienced while working together was like "making love without having sex."

You can view the full interview which proved to be polarizing, at times, for a slew of reasons, below:

  • Twitter users wasted no time in expressing their disgust over his comments, particularly in regards to his relationship with Mo'Nique. See how they reacted, below:

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