Something tells me ‘Empire’ creator Lee Daniels is going to learn to be a little more careful about what he says in interviews in the future. He was trying to defend the star of his show, Terrence Howard, after much of the actor’s dirty laundry got aired in a lawsuit and then in a revealing interview. Unfortunately for Lee, Sean Penn didn’t appreciate how Lee went about trying to defend Terrence.
Lee reportedly said in an interview:
That poor boy. [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.”
Something tells me Lee would’ve been better off taking the high road and just not discussing his star at all.
Sean didn’t take too kindly to Lee’s remark and is suing him for defamation. The complaint reads, in part:
As a result of Penn’s status as a public figure, he 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. Accordingly, and because of Daniels’ defamatory statements, Penn brings this action for monetary relief, and to deter Daniels and others from their defamatory actions.
“Daniels falsely equates Penn with Howard, 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. Nor has Penn admitted to ‘slap[ping]’ a woman or abusing others (as Howard has also reportedly admitted, reportedly asserting that he was acting in self-defense).”
Although there have been stories about Sean and domestic violence, he’s never actually been charged with anything. His attorney said in a statement:
As asserted in the lawsuit, there is also a critical issue at stake here, which is the malicious and reckless repetition of rumors and innuendo at the expense of others. Sean has been subjected to false, baseless and reckless attacks for years, and this is only the most recent example.”
Sean is suing for $10 million. OUCH.
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