Idina Menzel

'Empire' producer Lee Daniels: Hillary Clinton knows me

Lee Daniels, the co-creator of TV's "Empire," spoke passionately of his own family's struggles as he endorsed Hillary Clinton Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention, calling her a true advocate for victims of gun violence who can help turn "their heartache into action."

But his support didn't come easy.

"I wondered if Hillary knew who I was, not just the work I do in entertainment, but who I really am," said Daniels, who was raised in west Philadelphia.

His father, a cop, was killed in a robbery when Daniels was 15, he said, and his sister is under house arrest. He said a brother and a nephew are in jail and he has cousins in and...