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Madonna Defends Ex Sean Penn in Lee Daniels Lawsuit

Madonna is standing up for her ex-husband Sean Penn and is slamming claims that he physically assaulted her during their marriage.

The 55-year-old Oscar-winning actor filed a defamation lawsuit against Empire creator Lee Daniels after he falsely accused him of hitting women.

“While we certainly had more than one heated argument during our marriage, Sean has never struck me, ‘tied me up,’ or physically assaulted me, and any report to the contrary is completely outrageous, malicious, reckless and false,” Madonna said in a declaration that she filed in court on Thursday (December 17).

Lee previously compared Sean to Empire star Terrence Howard, who was accused of assault as well. He said that the actor “ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of the sudden he’s some f—in’ demon. That’s a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America,” according to Variety.

Leonardo DiCaprio Is the Man of the Hour at SAG Gala 2015

Leonardo DiCaprio shows off his dapper look on the red carpet at the SAG Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Celebration held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday (November 5) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 40-year-old actor was honored at the event with the Actors Inspiration Award for “his exceptional onscreen career and philanthropic dedication as chairman of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which raises awareness of both climate change and the need to protect biodiversity.”

Filmmakers Lee Daniels, Megan Ellison, and Rob Marshall were in attendance to receive the Patron of the Artists Awards.

Other attendees at the event included Diane Kruger, Scandal actresses Darby Stanchfield and Bellamy Young, Elisabeth Rohm, James Corden, Virginia Madsen, director David O. Russell, and Patrick Stewart with wife Sunny Ozell.

FYI: Diane is wearing a Monique Lhuiller dress, Nicholas Kirkwood shoes, and an L.K. Bennett clutch. Darby is wearing a SAFiYAA suit, Elisabetta Franchi shoes, a Verbreuil bag, a Zana Bayne harness, and Lizzie Mandler jewelry. Bellamy is wearing Tamara Mellon heels, Ileana Makri earrings, and an Eva Fehren bracelet.

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Mark Zuckerberg & Pregnant Wife Priscilla Attend State Dinner

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan hold hands while arriving for a state dinner in honor of Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday (September 25) at the White House in Washington, D.C.

Priscilla, who is pregnant with the couple’s first child, showed her baby bump in a red gown.

Other stars joining President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the dinner included ballet dancer Misty Copeland, director Lee Daniels, Shark Tank star Mark Cuban, and the evening’s performer, Ne-Yo.

FYI: Michelle is wearing a Vera Wang Collection gown.

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Sean Penn Suing Empire's Lee Daniels For Defamation After Terrence Howard Comparisons

Sean Penn has filed a defamation lawsuit against Empire creator Lee Daniels after he accused him of domestic violence in comparison to Terrence Howard.

“That poor boy [Terrence] ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he’s some f—in’ demon. That’s a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America,” Lee told THR, brushing off Terrence‘s legal troubles concerning domestic violence.

“As a result of Penn‘s status as a public figure, he has for years been the subject of scandalous, scurrilous, and baseless attacks,” the first paragraph of Sean‘s complain reads (via THR). “But Penn, like any citizen, has a right to defend himself and will no longer tolerate the reckless and malicious behavior of others, who seek to aggrandize themselves or their projects at his expense. Accordingly, and because of Daniels‘ defamatory statements, Penn brings this action for monetary relief, and to deter Daniels and others from their defamatory actions.”

“Third, and most problematic,” continues the lawsuit, “Daniels falsely equates Penn with Howard, even though, while he has certainly had several brushes with the law, Penn (unlike Howard) has never been arrested, much less convicted, for domestic violence, as his ex-wives (including Madonna) would confirm and attest.”

Sean is suing for $10 million.

Empire's Lee Daniels Defends Terrence Howard, Announces Spinoff

Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, Trai Byers, Jussie Smollett, and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray take the cover of THR‘s latest issue!

Here’s what the cast had to share with the mag:

Taraji, on Cookie’s appeal: “So after however many years I’ve been in this business, I finally have Hollywood’s attention.”

Lee Daniels, on the possibility of an Empire spinoff: “It’s coming…without question.”

Lee, on Terrence Howard and his troubles with the law: “That poor boy [Terrence] ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he’s some f—in’ demon. That’s a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America.”

For more from the cast of Empire, visit THR.com. Bigger cover inside… More Here! »

Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard Celebrate Season 2 Of 'Empire' At Carnegie Hall

Taraji P. Henson shows off some leg as she arrives at the Empire Season 2 Premiere Event held at Carnegie Hall on Saturday night (September 12) in New York City.

The 45-year-old actress stepped out to celebrate the new season of her hit Fox show along with co-stars Terrence Howard, his wife Miranda, Gabourey Sidibe, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, showrunner Lee Daniels, Grace Gealey, Serayah, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray and Becky G.

Other attendees included Timbaland, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Kaitlin Doubleday, Naomi Campbell, Mary J. Blige, Normani Hamilton, James Maslow, and Gotham‘s David Mazouz and Camren Bicondova.

FYI: Kaitlin is wearing Parade earrings and rings.

30+ pictures inside of the cast of Empire kicking off their second season… More Here! »

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Jon Hamm Says No One Would Cast Him Before 'Mad Men'

Jon Hamm takes the stage at the 2015 Television Critics Association Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday evening (August 8) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 44-year-old Mad Men star was joined at the annual event by The Americans couple Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, The FostersSherri Saum and Danny Nucci, director/producer Lee Daniels, and late-night host James Corden.

Jon accepted the award for Individual Achievement in Drama for his role in Mad Men.

“Literally no one wanted to cast me but one person, Matthew Weiner,” Jon said (via Variety). “Those of you who know him know he can be persuasive.”

FYI: Keri is wearing a Zuhair Murad dress.

15+ pictures inside of Jon Hamm, Keri Russell, and more at the TCA AwardsMore Here! »

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