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Sean Penn has filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against “Empire” creator Lee Daniels for comparing him to Terrence Howard and his instances of spousal abuse.

Filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Penn accuses Daniels made libelous and defamatory remarks when he compared him to scandal-scarred “Empire” star Terrence Howard in a recent interview.

“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,” Daniels told the Hollywood Reporter.

The suit, according to the NY Daily News, calls Penn “one of this generation’s most highly acclaimed and greatest artists and humanitarians” and that are “reckless false and defamatory.”

Apparently, famousy hotheaded Penn believes the world forgets how he beat former wife Madonna senseless on many occasions and pummeled many a paparazzi who attempted to photograph them during their courtship and marriage.

“Specifically, in purporting to ‘defend’ the ongoing legal and related troubles of . . . the star of Daniels’ television show ‘Empire’ — who has reportedly, and publicly, admitted to physically abusing at least one woman and reportedly been arrested five times for violent acts against women — Daniels has falsely asserted and/or implied that Penn is guilty of ongoing, continuing violence against women,” the suit says.

That’s not the case, the suit says.

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