23/09/2015 09:38 BST | Updated 23/09/2015 09:59 BST

Sean Penn Files Defamation Lawsuit Against 'Empire' Creator Lee Daniels

Sean Penn has filed a defamation lawsuit against ‘Empire’ creator, Lee Daniels.

The lawsuit, worth $10 million (around £6.5 million), came after Lee mentioned Sean in an interview about ‘Empire’ actor Terrence Howard, who was accused of domestic violence by his ex-wife.

Defending Terence in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lee said: “He ain't done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he's some f***in' demon.

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“That's a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America.”

This has led Sean to file a defamation case against Lee, with his lawyer claiming he is “dismayed at the gratuitous attacks and statements that have made over the years at his expense”.

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