Madge defends ex-hubby Penn

WASHINGTON: American singer Madonna tried to defend her former husband and actor Sean Penn over Empire co-creator Lee Daniels’ controversial comments in which he compared Penn to Terrence Howard, who admitted to hitting women.

In an amended complaint of Penn’s defamation lawsuit submitted on December 17, the Papa don’t preach crooner said that the Sweet and Lowdown actor had never been physically abusive to her.

In the amended complaint obtained by hollywoodreporter.com, the singer stated, “I am aware of the allegations that have surfaced over the years accusing Sean of incidents of physical assault and abuse against me.”

“Specifically, I am aware of the allegations concerning an alleged incident that occurred in June 1987, whereby (according to tabloid reports), Sean allegedly struck me with a ‘baseball bat’. I know the allegations in those and other reports to be completely outrageous, reckless, and false,” she added in the declaration.