Lee Daniels, the co-creator of the American drama television series Empire is the target of a $10M lawsuit filed by two-time Oscar winner Sean Penn. Apparently, Daniels has made some sensitive comments in his recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter that Penn didn’t fancy, as the famous actor was linked to domestic violence by being compared to Empire star Terrence Howard.
Lee Daniels had this to say:
“Terrence ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he’s some f—in’ demon. That’s a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America.”
Penn’s lawsuit, however, asserts that Daniels has falsely equated Penn with Howard. It reads that Penn, unlike Howard, has never been arrested, much less convicted for domestic violence. Furthermore, it states that his ex-wives, Madonna included, would confirm this.
Sean Penn also has a problem with Daniels eagerly hopping to Howard’s defense and claims that it’s nothing more but a campaign designed to further boost Empire’s popularity. The lawsuit also describes Penn as an “American icon,” and mentions his humanitarian work. Additionally, it says that he has been subjected to “scandalous” attacks and that he will “no longer tolerate the reckless and malicious behavior of others.”