In an affidavit written for Sean Penn's lawsuit against "Empire" creator Lee Daniels, Madonna has denied that her ex-husband ever physically assaulted her.
The case is a defamation case against Daniels after the director made comments comparing Penn's history of alleged physical abuse to that of Terrence Howard, who has openly admitted to hitting women. While allegations have circulated that Penn physically assaulted Madonna on multiple occasions during their marriage in the '80s, Penn has denied the allegations and Madonna only rarely addressed them.
Now, the singer has issued a clear statement that the reported events did not happen. From the affidavit:
I am aware of the allegations that have surfaced over the years accusing Sean of incidents of physical assault and abuse against me. I know the allegations in those and other reports to be completely outrageous, malicious, reckless, and false.
While we certainly had more than one heated argument during our marriage, Sean has never struck me, "tied me up," or physically assaulted me.
Earlier this year, Daniels expressed his wish that the suit be thrown out in a memorandum of law to dismiss.
“Ostensibly filed to protect his name from those who 'aggrandize themselves or their projects at his expense,' Penn’s Complaint is merely a blunt force instrument wielded in an attempt to control the narrative of his life,” the memorandum read, according to Deadline.
For Madonna's full statement, check out Penn's filing to the New York Superior Court.
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