Sean Penn filed a $10 million lawsuit against filmmaker and Empire co-creator Lee Daniels. The defamation lawsuit claims that during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Daniels falsely accused Penn of domestic abuse. When speaking of Empire actor Terrence Howard, who has a history of domestic violence, Daniels said, “[Terrence] ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he’s some f—in’ demon.” Daniels added, “That’s a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America.”
Two-time Oscar-winner Sean Penn (Dead Man Walking, Mystic River) is reportedly worth $150 million. Although Lee Daniels has a fine resume including Precious and The Butler, and has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Director, Daniels is said to be worth only $5 million. Both men are 55 years old.