Sean Penn Launches Defamation Suit Against ‘Empire’ Co-Creator

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Sean Penn doesn’t want to be compared to Terrence Howard.

Daniels told The Hollywood Reporter: “[Terrence] ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he’s some…demon. Sean Penn has recently sued the ‘Empire’ creator Lee Daniels for 10 million dollars, claiming that he accused him of hitting women that made Terrence Howard look better.NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Penn on Tuesday filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against “Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels over comments Daniels made comparing him to the show’s star Terrence Howard, who’s been repeatedly accused of domestic violence. That’s a sign of the time, of race, or where we are right now in America.” FILE – In this May 13, 2015 file photo, Lee Daniels, co-creator of Fox’s mega-hit “Empire,” attends the The Paley Center Tribute to African-American Achievements in Television in New York.

The 55-year-old actor has claimed in his lawsuit that Daniels’ comments were reckless and malicious and he supported Howard because it is a part of a misguided campaign to profit and further bolster and brand his show ‘Empire’. Penn has won two best actor Oscars, for “Mystic River” and “Milk.” He has made a major humanitarian push in Haiti after it was devastated by an earthquake, co-founding the J/P Haitian Relief Organization. Even though Penn has had issues with the law, his lawyer maintains the actor has never been arrested or convicted — something Madonna “would confirm and attest.” The lawsuit could not come at a worse time for Daniels: “Empire” premieres Wednesday. In the complaint, Penn says Daniels “seems to condone Howard’s reported misconduct.” “Empire” is premiering its second season after a critically acclaimed first season — one which was largely snubbed at the Emmys.

He beat a man he thought was trying to kiss Madonna in a nightclub, and he admitted driving recklessly and punching an extra on the set of the movie “Colors.” “Sean has been the subject of numerous baseless attacks over the years, as the complaint provides, and this is only the most recent example,” he said. Daniels is the Oscar-nominated filmmaker of “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” ”The Paperboy” and “The Butler.” The new season of “Empire,” which he created with Danny Strong, starts Wednesday. Howard has been forced to publicly address domestic violence allegations, including during testimony in a Los Angeles courtroom in August, when he acknowledged he struck his first wife in 2001 but denied abusing another ex-wife, Michelle Ghent. Howard testified about the 2001 incident in Pennsylvania and said he drove to his ex-wife’s house after an argument and “kicked down the door and smacked her.” He said it was the “only time I’ve struck a woman” when it wasn’t self-defense.

A judge in August overturned a Howard-Ghent divorce settlement that entitled her to a portion of his “Empire” earnings after finding she had coerced him into signing it or facing leaks of embarrassing information about him.

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