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

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 — Sean Penn on Tuesday filed a $10m 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. In an interview, Daniels said that Terrence did not do anything different from Marlon Brando or Sean Penn and all of a sudden he’s some f***in’ demon, reports TMZ.com.

Howard recently admitted to hitting his first wife in a controversial Rolling Stone interview, and Daniels defended the Empire star in a subsequent Hollywood Reporter profile. 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, who won two best actor Oscars, for Mystic River and Milk, has made a major humanitarian push in Haiti after it was devastated by an earthquake, co-founding the J/P Haitian Relief Organisation.

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. He beat a man he thought was trying to kiss then wife 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.

Howard gave evidence 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”. 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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