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Madonna Defends Ex-Husband Sean Penn in His Defamation Suit Against Lee Daniels: ‘He Never Physically Assaulted Me’.

MADONNA has waded into Sean Penn’s ongoing $10 million defamation lawsuit against Lee Daniels for the first time, saying her ex-husband never struck her. The 57-year-old pop star said reports he had struck her with a baseball bat in 1987 and that he had tied her up and beat her in 1989 were false in legal documents filed at Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday. According to The Hollywood Reporter, on Thursday, Penn amended the initial complaint to include Madonna’s declaration that Penn never hit her during their relationship. “I am aware of the allegations that have surfaced over the years accusing Sean of incidents of physical assault and abuse against me,” Madonna’s declaration states. That same day, Penn – who was married to Madonna from 1985 to 1989 – filed an amended complaint in New York Superior Court challenging Daniels’ claim that what he said is protected by the First Amendment.

I know the allegations in those and other reports to be completely outrageous, malicious, reckless, and false.” Madonna also added in the declaration that she is “also aware of allegations concerning an incident that occurred in December, 1989, which purportedly resulted in Sean’s arrest for domestic assault and battery against me.” She added: “I know those allegations to be false.” “While we certainly had more than one heated argument during our marriage, Sean has never struck me, ‘tied me up,’ or physically assaulted me, and any report to the contrary is completely outrageous, malicious, reckless, and false,” Madonna asserted. But I wasn’t trying to hit her.” 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. That’s a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America.” Penn took issue with Daniels’ comments, filing the suit which states that “Daniels falsely equat[ed] Penn with Howard. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. Even though, while he has certainly had several brushes with the law, Penn (unlike Howard) has never been arrested, much less convicted, for domestic violence, as his ex-wives (including Madonna) would confirm and attest.” And that she did.

According to a different report in 1989, Penn was allegedly arrested and charged with inflicting “corporal injury and traumatic conditions” as well as committing “battery”, but Madonna also denies this. In the initial lawsuit filed in September, Penn accused Daniels of making ‘false and defamatory statements’ about him when he sprang to Terrence Howard’s defence over domestic abuse claims.

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Hemsworth rarely connected live onstage tonight, but he unsurprisingly did very well in this action-movie parody. “I don’t have time to bleed!” is the type of clichéd dialogue that exists in most subpar action films, and this is a sketch that teases out that notion to its logical (albeit extreme) end. It’s never not impressive how quickly SNL can throw something together with this level of complexity and production value. (The physical continuity of Hemworth’s deterioration alone is impressive.) Sasheer Zamata matches Hemsworth beat for beat as his concerned partner, serving as audience proxy for his overly-macho attitude. As someone still somewhat struggling to make herself known to SNL audience, it’s great to see her in a lead sketch role like this. “Time To Bleed” all but announces its endpoint up front, but its execution makes the ride enjoyable. But this week, rather than focus on that President’s foibles, it’s all about Bush’s contrast to the current Republican feel and just how well he favorably compares to them, even for his harshest critics. What ensues isn’t a sketch so much as a stand-up routine, and it’s one based not only on current politics but the audience’s relationship to this actor and his place in SNL history.

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