Penn files $10 mil lawsuit against ‘Empire’ creator

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Sean Penn Files $10 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against Empire Creator Lee Daniels Over Terrence Howard Remark.

Yeesh! has filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against Lee Daniels, after the Empire creator’s recent comments about Terrence Howard indirectly linked Penn to domestic violence. Daniels, 55, defended his star actor, Howard, 46, and his recent legal woes in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “[Terrence] ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he’s some f—in’ demon,” the smash series’ head told THR. “That’s a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America.” On Tuesday, Sept. 22, Penn, 55, filed his lawsuit in New York Supreme Court, claiming that Daniels’ comments falsely linked him to hitting women. Accordingly, and because of Daniels’ defamatory statements, Penn brings this action for monetary relief, and to deter Daniels and others from their defamatory actions.” The legal complaint also cites Howard’s admission to physically abusing women or treating them with violence. “Daniels has falsely asserted and/or implied that Penn is guilty of ongoing, continuous violence against women,” it reads.

Penn’s lawyer, former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart, writes in the lawsuit that as a public figure, the actor has ‘for years been the subject of scandalous, scurrilous, and baseless attacks. ‘But Penn like any citizen, has a right to defend himself and will no longer tolerate the reckless and malicious behavior of others, who seek to aggrandize themselves or their projects at his expense. The suit calls Daniels’ statements “egregious,” saying the Oscar-nominated director behind The Butler and Precious “seems to condone Howard’s reported misconduct.” Penn’s lawsuit also claims that Daniels’ defense of Howard “is apparently part of a misguided campaign to profit and further bolster and brand his show Empire.” Most unsettling to Penn, however, was that Daniels supposedly “falsely equates Penn with Howard.” The suit reads: “Penn (unlike Howard) has never been arrested, much less convicted, for domestic violence, as his ex-wives (including Madonna) would confirm and attest.”

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