Lee Daniels and Sean Penn have settled their lawsuit — and now Lee’s required apology is out.
The “Empire” co-creator wrote, “I am so sorry that I have hurt you, Sean, and I apologize and retract my reckless statements about you. How thoughtless of me. You are someone I consider a friend, a brilliant actor and true Hollywood legend and humanitarian.”
The terms of the settlement are confidential … although we know, at the very least, it included Lee’s apology and a donation to Penn’s Haitian relief organization.
The apology letter continues, “My most important role is as a father, and it is important to me that my children learn that it is wrong to reference gossip as fact, as I did here.”
Sean wrote a brief response, saying … “I accept Lee’s heartfelt apology and appreciate the sincerity with which it was delivered.”
If you recall, Sean sued Lee for $10 million after Lee publicly compared Terrence Howard’s domestic violence history to Sean.
Check out the apology and response in full below.