Sean Penn Sues Lee Daniels
Sean Penn is suing Lee Daniels over remarks the filmmaker made about domestic violence in a recent interview. Defending his Empire leading man Terrence Howard after he confessed to lashing out at his ex-wives in a new Rolling Stone interview, Daniels stated he didn’t understand why the often-misunderstood actor was being so vilified.
The director said, “He (Howard) ain’t done nothing different [sic] than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he’s some f**kin’ demon… That’s a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America.” His comments appear to have landed him in trouble because Penn didn’t appreciate his name getting linked to the issue of domestic abuse. In his $10 million suit, Penn calls Daniels’ remarks “reckless and malicious,” while his lawyer declares the actor has “been the subject of scandalous, scurrilous and baseless attacks” for years. Penn has often lashed out at the paparazzi and he has been prosecuted for his actions, but he has never been charged with hitting a woman. In the suit, obtained by TMZ, the actor’s lawyer writes, “Daniels’ defense of Howard (and his improper invocation of two of the greatest actors and humanitarians of our time, Brando and Penn, in doing so) is apparently part of a misguided campaign to profit and further bolster and brand his show Empire.”