Sean Penn Takes on ‘Empire’ Creator Lee Daniels, Over Claims that He Hits Women
Notoriously feisty Oscar winner Sean Penn is suing filmmaker and Empire creator Lee Daniels for $10 million over some claims the latter made — perhaps choosing his words poorly — in a recent interview.
The interview in question took place in The Hollywood Reporter, and in it Daniels said, while defending Empire star Terrence Howard — who has of late been battling a number of recently surfaced allegations of domestic violence — “[Terrence] ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he’s some f***in’ demon…. That’s a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America.”
The portion of that quote with which Mr. Penn seems to be taking umbrage should be rather clear to the passing reader. Penn’s lawsuit states that Daniels’ comments were “reckless and malicious” adding that Sean has falsely “for years been the subject of scandalous, scurrilous, and baseless attacks.”
While Penn has been publicly seen behaving violently toward paparazzi, and may have a sometimes brusque and acerbic manner, despite many rumors it must be noted that he has never been charged in any act of violence toward a woman. In the late 80s, during his famously tumultuous marriage to pop superstar Madonna rumors of such arrests and charges were common, but they have been proved erroneous.
Penn resents being dragged through the mud in the name of protecting Howard and, he suggests, bringing free publicity to Daniels’ already megahit primetime soap opera Empire.
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