"That poor boy," he says, fiercely protective of his actor. He then alludes to other actors who have been the subject of domestic abuse allegations in the past. "[Terrence] ain't done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he's some f—in' demon," says Daniels. "That's a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America."
Sean Penn (who also has a history filled with assault charges) did not like that comment, and would prefer to be known as a humanitarian, thankyouverymuch. Today he filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against Daniels in New York Supreme Court. The suit states that "Daniels used 'reckless, false, and defamatory' language to claim Penn has a history of abusing women and domestic assault," according to Vulture.
The complaint refers to Penn as "one of this generation's most highly-acclaimed and greatest artists and humanitarians," also noting that "unlike Howard [Penn] has never been arrested, much less convicted, for domestic violence, as his ex-wives (including Madonna) would confirm and attest.”
In the 1980s, Penn served 33 days in prison for assaulting a paparazzi (by hanging him off a balcony by his ankles). And as Buzzfeed recently recalled, he was also "charged with felony domestic assault on his then-wife Madonna," who he allegedly hit over the head with a baseball bat. "He pled to a misdemeanor [and] avoided jail time for his assault."
The full suit is here.