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UPDATE: On Feb. 2, Lee Daniels filed a motion to have Sean Penn's defamation suit dismissed. Penn's attorney Mathew Rosengart tells E! News in response: "Mr. Daniels should be ashamed of himself. The Madonna affidavit conclusively and incontrovertibly demonstrated that Daniels' statements were false, reckless and defamatory and he has no defense to it. Instead, his motion represents a sophomoric, and desperate, effort to stave off a trial, which we look forward to conducting, in order to hold Daniels liable for his egregious misconduct."
Some rumors take a few decades to put to rest.
"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," the singer stated, per court documents filed in New York State Supreme Court today and obtained by E! News.
She also states that reports of an alleged 1987 incident in which he struck her with a bat are "completely outrageous, malicious, reckless and false"; and she called allegations that a December 1989 incident that "purportedly resulted in Sean's arrest" were also false.