Sean Penn Settles $10M Defamation Suit Against Lee Daniels - NBC 7 San Diego

Sean Penn Settles $10M Defamation Suit Against Lee Daniels



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    Actor Sean Penn speaks onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on Feb. 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

    Sean Penn has settled a defamation lawsuit he filed against "Empire" co-creator Lee Daniels over remarks that accused him of domestic abuse.

    The confidential settlement Wednesday ends the case filed after Daniels made comments comparing Penn to "Empire" star Terrence Howard, who's been repeatedly accused of domestic violence. Daniels apologized to Penn and retracted his statements. He also made a donation to Penn's charity. No details of the size of the donation to Haitian relief were made public.

    Penn accepted the apology. The statements were contained as exhibits in the legal paperwork.

    Penn filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against Daniels in Manhattan civil court in September denying he had abused women, including ex-wife Madonna.

    Madonna filed a sworn declaration in December supporting Penn and saying the two-time Oscar-winning actor had never physically abused her.

    Penn won best actor awards for "Mystic River" in 2004 and "Milk" in 2009.