London: Hollywood star Sean Penn has settled his USD 10 million lawsuit against 'Empire' creator Lee Daniels.
Daniels implied in an interview last year that Penn hit women and the actor reacted by filing the lawsuit against him but Lee has now retracted his statement and apologised for his comments, reported Female First.
"I am so sorry that I have hurt you, Sean, and I apologise 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,' Daniels said in a statement.
"I too have been the subject of false attacks by others, like those made here. 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. That can be very damaging and hurtful."
He also donated an undisclosed amount to Penn's charity, J/P HRO. "I accept Lee's heartfelt apology and appreciate the sincerity with which it was delivered. I also accept and appreciate his generous donation to J/P HRO, which will have a transformative effect on the lives of those we serve in Haiti," Penn said in his statement.
The legal battle began after Lee compared Penn to "Empire" star Terrence Howard, who has previously been accused of numerous incidents of assaulting women.