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Lee Daniels Apologizes To Sean Penn For His 'Reckless Statements'

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May 5 2016, Published 4:48 p.m. ET

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Sean Penn has finally settled his defamation lawsuit against Empire creator Lee Daniels after months of bitter feuding, has learned.

As previously reported, Penn sued Daniels for $10 million dollars after the Film and TV producer falsely accused him of domestic violence against women.

Penn's ex-wife Madonna even came forward to defend her former flame, filing an affidavit last December that stated: "While we certainly had more than one heated argument during our marriage, Sean has never struck me, 'tied me up,' or physically assaulted me, and any report to the contrary is completely outrageous, malicious, reckless and false."

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After the case was settled, Lee penned an open apology letter to the actor.

"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," Daniels wrote in a joint statement with Penn.

Daniels also made a significant donation to Penn's J/P Haitian Relief Organization.

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"I too have been the subject of false attacks by others, like those made here. 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," Daniels' letter continued. "That can be very damaging and hurtful."

"Domestic violence is a very serious issue. My comments were cavalier; it was not my intention to diminish the severity of the issue, but rather to express a view regarding the disparate treatment of men of color in our national conversation," he concluded. "I apologize again for the distress that this has caused you and your family. My very best, Lee Daniels."

The joint statement also included Penn's response, which read: "I accept Lee's heartfelt apology and appreciate the sincerity with which it was delivered. I also accept and appreciate his generous donation to J/P HRO, which will have a transformative effect on the lives of those we serve in Haiti."



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