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Lee Daniels Apologizes to Sean Penn, $10 Million Defamation Suit Dropped

Lee Daniels has issued a public apology to Sean Penn after comparing him to Terrence Howard with regards to domestic violence issues.

“I am so sorry that I have hurt you, Sean, and I apologize and retract my reckless statements about you,” Lee said in a statement (via Deadline). “How thoughtless of me. You are someone I consider a friend, a brilliant actor and true Hollywood legend and humanitarian.”

In addition to the statement, Lee has donated an undisclosed amount to Sean‘s organization, J/P HRO.

“I accept Lee’s heartfelt apology and appreciate the sincerity with which it was delivered,” Sean added. “I also accept and appreciate his generous donation to J/P HRO, which will have a transformative effect on the lives of those we serve in Haiti.”

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Empire's Kaitlin Doubleday & Gabourey Sidibe Step Out for HRC Gala

Kaitlin Doubleday and Gabourey Sidibe pose on the carpet at the 2016 Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Gala Dinner held at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on Saturday night (March 19) in Los Angeles.

Also in attendance at the event were Empire‘s Lee Daniels, singer Estelle, actress Pauley Perrette, and dancer Cheryl Burke. Some of Kaitlin and Gabourey‘s Empire co-stars were also in attendance!

FYI: Kaitlin is wearing Houghton with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes.

30+ pictures inside of Kaitlin Doubleday and more at the HRC gala… More Here! »

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'Empire' Cast Reveals Their Ideal Guest Stars: Beyonce, Adele, & More!

The cast of Empire arrives at their 2016 PaleyFest panel held at the Dolby Theater on Friday evening (March 11) in Hollywood.

In attendance at the event were cast members Terrence Howard, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere ‘Yazz’ Gray, Trai Byers, Kaitlin Doubleday, Grace Gealey, Gabourey Sidibe, Serayah McNeill, and Ta’Rhonda Jones, as well as co-creator Lee Daniels, executive producers Ilene Chaiken, Brian Grazer, and Sanaa Hamri, and moderator Kevin Frazier.

During the panel, the cast was asked about their dream guest stars, which included Adele and Kendrick Lamar, and Gabourey kept whispering “Beyoncé” into her mic, EW reports.

FYI: Kaitlin is wearing a Peggy Hartanto romper. Serayah is wearing Nicholas Kirkwood shoes.

20+ pictures inside of the Empire cast… More Here! »

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'Empire' Cast, Usher, & More Celebrate at BET Honors 2016!

Empire‘s Gabourey Sidibe and Terrence Howard present the show’s executive producer Lee Daniels with an award on stage during the 2016 BET Honors held at the Warner Theatre on Sunday (March 5) in Washington, D.C.

Also in attendance at the huge event were Jussie Smollett, Usher, Janelle Monae, Mellody Hobson with husband George Lucas, Toni Braxton, Fantasia Barrino, Patti LaBelle, L.A. Reid, and many more.

The honorees that evening included Eric Holder, L.A., Mellody, Lee, and Patti. Huge congrats to all!

Be sure to watch the BET Honors on March 14 at 8pm EST!
More Here! »

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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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