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Sean Penn Files $10 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against Empire Creator Lee Daniels! He Does NOT Want To Be Compared To Terrence Howard!

Looks like Sean wasn't too happy about that.

Well that's certainly gonna put a damper on premiere week for Empire creator Lee Daniels!

Ahead of Wednesday's start for Season 2, the FOX showrunner is getting slapped with a $10 million defamation lawsuit, courtesy of Sean Penn!

The Mystic River actor filed the complaint on Tuesday after Lee compared him and Terrence Howard in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that ran last week.

Photos: Terrence Shows Up To The Emmys With His Ex-Wife!

Lee defended his star, who has been making headlines for his ongoing legal battle with his ex-wife Michelle Ghent, who alleges that he threatened and beat her. He said:

"[Terrence] ain't done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he's some f*ckin' demon. That's a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America."

Now, Sean definitely did NOT appreciate that!

In his lawsuit, it says that it was wrong for Lee to make it seem as though the two actors were equals, since the Milk star has never been locked up for beating a significant other:

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Empire's Cookie Could Be Getting Her Own Spinoff Show!

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It looks like Empire's creator Lee Daniels is about to build Fox an entire… well, empire! LOLz!

On Thursday, the writer/director spoke at the Television Critics' Association's summer press tour on expanding the universe of his breakout hip-hop drama!

[ Video: Check Out The Trailer For Empire Season Two! ]

What's specifically in the works is a prequel series centering around a young Cookie Lyon, played in the show by Taraji P. Henson!

YES!! Daniels revealed:

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Mariah Carey Will Be On Next Season Of Empire! See What Series Creator Lee Daniels Had To Say!

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Mariah Carey may be done with her Las Vegas residency, but it looks like she's coming to a TV screen near you!

It's been reported that the five-time Grammy winner will appear in the upcoming season of Fox's breakout series Empire!

During the ceremony for Mimi's Hollywood Walk of Fame star on Wednesday, series creator Lee Daniels let it slip that the pop legend would guest star in Season 2 of the hip hop soap opera!

The Infinity singer was being honored with a star on the Walk of Fame when Daniels — who previously worked with Carey in 2009's Precious and 2013's The Butler — told the crowd to watch her on Empire!

[ Photo: Mariah Carey, Nick Lachey & The Rest Of 98 Degrees On A Music Video Set In 2000! ]

This would mark the 45-year-old's first major TV appearance, aside from her stint on

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Chris Rock & Terrence Howard Tease Empire Fans With A First Look At Season Two!

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We are so excited!!!

One of the most iconic TV shows of recent history is about to get us all talking again.

Empire was a ratings juggernaut when it premiered on FOX this past Spring, and season two of the hit musical drama is already in production!

After the first season finale, we know that Terrence Howard is off to prison, but we didn't know he was going to meet Chris Rock there!

[ Related: Taraji P. Henson Hasn't & Never Will Sleep With A Co-Star ]

Series creator Lee Daniels posted a sneak peek of the first day on set to Instagram on Wednesday, and we could not be more pumped for more Cookie!

Make sure to keep up with one of the best shows on television when season two of Empire premieres September 23 on FOX!

Ch-ch-check out the behind the scenes moment (below)!!!

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Shake It Fast! Taraji P. Henson Twerks For Empire Director Lee Daniels! Watch HERE!

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Taraji P. Henson shakes her cookie for 'Empire' showrunner Lee Daniels!

Take a bite!

We already knew Taraji P. Henson was funny from her hosting gig on Saturday Night Live. Well now we know Cookie Lyon's got some moves!

The Empire star twerked it out while the show's director and creator, Lee Daniels got it all on film!

Donning a colorful bikini, Taraji shook it fast to Cash Out's She Twerkin' during a Las Vegas party over the weekend!

[ Related: Lee Opens Up About Family And Drug Use! ]

Being the filmmaker that he is, Lee posted the video to Instagram on Sunday, captioning the funny flick:

"She's troubled … #deeplytroubledtoday #smh#iaintshitforthis @tarajiphenson"

Ch-ch-check out Taraji shaking her cookie (below)!

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