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.
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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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