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Lee Daniels Issues Apology to Sean Penn in $10M Defamation Suit Settlement

You might remember how sometime last year, Lee Daniels was asked about “Empire” actor Terrence Howard‘s history with domestic violence and he compared Howard’s actions to Sean Penn, who allegedly abused his ex-wife, Madonna, when they mere married.

When Penn got wind of these comments, he filed a $10 million defamation suit against Daniels.

The lawsuit is now settled between both of them and Daniels’ required public apology is out.

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In it, he states, “I am so sorry that I have hurt you, Sean, and I apologize and retract my reckless statements about you. How thoughtless of me. You are someone I consider a friend, a brilliant actor and true Hollywood legend and humanitarian…My most important role is as a father, and it is important to me that my children learn that it is wrong to reference gossip as fact, as I did here.”

Penn replied to Daniels’ apology stating, “I accept Lee’s heartfelt apology and appreciate the sincerity with which it was delivered.”

Read the full apology and response below.

Lee Daniels Issues Apology to Sean Penn In Defamation Suit Settlement



Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.