Actor Sean Penn filed a $10 million defamation suit against Lee Daniels, co-creator of Fox’s hit series “Empire,” contending that Daniels falsely accused Penn of hitting women.
The lawsuit was filed in New York Supreme Court on Tuesday.
The comment came in an interview Daniels gave to The Hollywood Reporter, in which he compared legal troubles faced by “Empire” star Terrence Howard to those faced by other actors like Marlon Brando and Sean Penn.
The lawsuit states that, “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 “egregious” on several levels, 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.”