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Lee Daniels Gives 'Heartfelt' Apology To Sean Penn Following Defamation Settlement

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It's nice to see these two working things out!

According to legal docs, Lee Daniels and Sean Penn have finally settled their legal battle over comments Lee made about Sean's alleged physical abuse against women. Mr. Daniels initially made the offensive remark when sticking up for Terrence Howard's long history of domestic violence.

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While the Empire creator initially fought back against S.P.'s $10 million dollar defamation lawsuit, he decided to settle the case with an apology letter in addition to a donation to the actor's Haitian relief organization.

In the apologetic message, Lee absolutely gushes over the 55-year-old while also begging for forgiveness:

"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."

Wow! This is the last thing we'd expect from the director… especially since he was so adamant about his innocence!

As for Sean, he's happy with the ending to this drama, saying:

"I accept Lee's heartfelt apology and appreciate the sincerity with which it was delivered."

Great! All's well that ends well!

So, do YOU believe Lee's apology?

[Image via Instagram/WENN.]

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