Sean Penn Sues Empire Co-Creator Lee Daniels For Defamation

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Actor Sean Penn sued Fox's hit series Empire's co-creator Lee Daniels for defamation.

Penn filed a $10 million suit in New York Supreme Court on Tuesday, according to Variety.

In an interview Daniels compared "Empire" star Terrence Howard's legal troubles with the likes of other actors.

"Daniels said that Howard “ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of the sudden he’s some f—in’ demon. That’s a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America.”" via

The lawsuits says that “in purporting to ‘defend’ the ongoing legal and related troubles of actor Terrence Howard … who has reportedly, and publicly, admitted to physically abusing at least one woman and reportedly been arrested approximately five times for violent acts against women — Daniels has falsely asserted and/or implied that Penn is guilty of ongoing, continuous violence against women.”

Penn's lawsuit says that Daniels' statements were where "egregious," including that "in his purported ‘defense’ of Howard, Daniels not only appears to acknowledge Howard’s guilt, he also seems to condone Howard’s reported misconduct.”

Penn also accuses Daniels of making “two of the greatest actors and humanitarians of our time” as part of a “misguided campaign to profit and further bolster and brand his show.”

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