The fact that Sean Penn is suing Lee Daniels for ten million dollars for claiming he’s a wife beater is a FASCINATING turn of events. Daniels had offhandedly commented to The Hollywood Reporter that Empire starTerrence Howard’s record of violence against women was no worse than Marlon Brando’s or Sean Penn’s – in other words “no big deal.” We’re SHOCKED that Penn, who seemed to enjoy his bad boy rep, took offense. Penn claims that although he’s had problems with the law, he’s never been CONVICTED of domestic violence. We remember the violent episode many years ago that ended his marriage to Madonna. She told her close friends about it but never discussed it in public. Granted, the hot -tempered actor may not have been ARRESTED for domestic violence – but he knows in his heart he’s GUILTY. The women in question preferred to avoid public embarrassment by calling attention to his behavior. Or maybe they were AFRAID. It certainly would be interesting if Madonna were called to testify in this case – would she tell the truth?