Lee Daniels Sued by Sean Penn for $10M
Sean Penn acknowledges some elements of his less-than-squeaky-clean past but one thing he won’t stand for is to be called a woman beater. And Lee Daniels is learning that lesson to the tune of $10M as he’s being sued by the Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Milk star.
Tuesday, Penn filed a defamation suit in New York Supreme Court against the Empire creator, saying in part that the claims are “egregious on several levels.”
The first part of the suit reads, “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.”
The brouhaha started with comments Daniels made to the Hollywood Reporter, defending Terence Howard against how he’s been treated by the media compared to white actors accused of the same offenses. “Ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or …read more
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