Lee Daniels and Sean Penn Resolve $10 Million Defamation Lawsuit With Heartfelt Apology

The legal drama is over between Lee Daniels and Sean Penn.

The 56-year-old producer/director and the 55-year-old actor jointly announced on Wednesday that they’ve resolved Penn’s $10 million defamation lawsuit against Daniels, which Penn filed in September.

As part of the settlement, Daniels apologized to Penn, and also donated to the Oscar winner’s charity, J/P Haitian Relief Organization.
“I am so sorry that I have hurt you, Sean, and I apologize and retract my reckless statements about you,” Daniels said in a statement. “How thoughtless of me. You are someone I consider a friend, a brilliant actor and true Hollywood legend and humanitarian.”

“I too have been the subject of false attacks by others, like those made here,” he continued. “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.”

Penn claimed in his defamation suit that Daniels made “false and defamatory statements” about him in an interview where the Empire producer brought up Penn, while discussing actor Terrence Howard’s history of domestic violence abuse.

“[Terrence] ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he’s some f**kin’ demon… That’s a sign of the times, of race, of where we are right now in America,” The Hollywood Reporter quoted Daniels as saying.

Daniels now says his comments were “cavalier.”

“Domestic violence is a very serious issue,” he said in his statement on Wednesday. “My comments were cavalier; it was not my intention to diminish the severity of the issue, but rather to express a view regarding the disparate treatment of men of color in our national conversation. I apologize again for the distress that this has caused you and your family.”

Penn accepted Daniels’ apology, as well as the donation to his charity for an undisclosed amount.

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“I accept Lee’s heartfelt apology and appreciate the sincerity with which it was delivered,” Penn said in a statement. “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.”

The settlement is surprising, given that Daniels slammed Penn in a legal filing as recently as February, when he moved to strike and dismiss Penn’s defamation suit against him, citing First Amendment protections. Daniels’ counsel managed to slip in a humorous jab aimed at Penn’s iconic Fast Times at Ridgemont High character, Jeff Spicoli.

“Spicoli understands the United States Constitution better than Penn,” one footnote reads. “For his final, oral exam in high school history class, surfer-dude Spicoli expounds upon the intent of America’s founding fathers: ‘What Jefferson was saying was, ‘Hey! You know. We left this England place because it was bogus. So if we don’t get some cool rules ourselves – Pronto! — we’ll just be bogus, too. Okay?'”

Last December, Daniels called Penn’s lawsuit “an assault on the First Amendment” in court papers obtained by ET.

“With fame, money and high-priced legal counsel, Penn has the power to buy most things,” the documents read. “Fortunately for Daniels, the First Amendment is not for sale. It protects Daniels and others from lawsuits like this one, financially-draining attacks brought to punish free speech exercised to Penn’s chagrin.”
Meanwhile, Penn’s ex-wife, Madonna, defended him last December, when she filed legal documents spelling out that she was never physically assaulted by Penn during their four-year marriage.

“Sean has never struck me,” the singer said in the sworn legal statement. “Any report to the contrary is completely outrageous, malicious, reckless and false.”

Kate Middleton Views Her Stunning ‘British Vogue’ Photos at London’s National Portrait Gallery

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Even when you’re the Duchess of Cambridge, it has to be weird to see yourself in a museum.

Kate Middleton visited the National Portrait Gallery in London on Wednesday, where her recent British Vogue photos were unveiled as part of the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibit.
The century commemoration shoot was Kate’s first ever in a magazine, and was photographed by Josh Olins in Norfolk, England.

The Duchess wore a light pink Alexander McQueen two-piece dress while admiring the work in the gallery.
Meanwhile, it was a busy day for Kate, as she also revealed the name of her children’s new pet hamster, Marvin!

DEA and US Attorney Join Prince Death Investigation Amid Reports of Drug Addiction

Special “resources and expertise” have been called in to the investigation of Prince’s death.

The legendary music icon was found dead in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 21. Now, as reports surface of alleged drug abuse, the DEA and US Attorney’s Office have joined the local sheriff’s department to determine the cause of death.

“The US Attorney’s Office and DEA are joining the Carver County Sheriff’s investigation. The DEA and US Attorney’s Office are able to augment this local investigation with federal resources and expertise about prescription drug diversion,” a spokesperson for the US Attorney’s Office told ET. “While this remains an ongoing investigation, we will have no further comment.”
A law enforcement source previously told CBS News that prescription drugs were found in Prince’s possession at the time of the singer’s death and that the DEA had been contacted.

It was reported on Wednesday that Dr. Howard Kornfeld, who runs Recovery Without Walls in Mills Valley, California, and deals with opioid addiction treatment, was called by Prince’s reps on April 20 because the “Purple Rain” singer was “dealing with a grave medical emergency.”

“He was in pain all the time, but he was a performer,” Prince’s friend and longtime collaborator, Sheila E. exclusively told ET, citing injuries the musician sustained from jumping off risers during concerts.

Michael Weatherly Jokes That He ‘Overstayed His Welcome’ on ‘NCIS’

NCIS star Michael Weatherly is saying goodbye to the long-running CBS drama that made him a star this month, and ET’s Kevin Frazier soaked up some of the last moments that he’ll have with Weatherly as DiNozzo on the set.

After years of covering the show, Frazier has become close enough with Weatherly to have earned a gift from the 47-year-old actor — a Swiss Army knife.
“I appreciate that,” Frazier said upon receiving the present. “And, you know, the thing about seeing you at NCIS is I always would get a little nervous for your interviews, because I never knew where we were going.”

It’s Weatherly’s fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants approach that is a part of his charm, but sometimes he actually goes without pants. In a 2014 interview with ET, Weatherly comically dropped trou during a workout.

“All I can say about that is, if you think about it, the most fun we have in life is with our pants down,” Weatherly joked when Frazier played him video of the flashback interview. “And so I just feel like if you want to feel good, get those pants off and see what happens!”
Weatherly’s quick wit is a big reason for why audiences gravitated to NCIS so quickly. After hitting their milestone 300th episode earlier this year, NCIS is still the No. 1 drama on television, but Weatherly told ET that while the show could go on for years to come, his character should find the exit.

“The character had to leave at some point,” Weatherly explained. “I should’ve left years ago, but I was having so much fun I overstayed my welcome horribly — like that guest who won’t leave and keeps digging into your fridge.”

Now with his schedule opening up, Weatherly has the world at his fingertips, but he seems to have a one-track mind.
“For the time being, I’m going to collapse into a heap,” he said. “I’m going to watch a lot of golf.”

The final two episodes of NCIS’ 13th season will air on Tuesday, May 10, and Tuesday, May 17 on CBS. Watch the video for a preview of Weatherly’s final scenes on NCIS.

Hillary Clinton Says She’ll Have a Nursery in the White House for Her Grandchildren

Hillary Clinton hasn’t won the election yet, but she already has big plans for the White House.

The presidential frontrunner and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, sat down with ET on Wednesday, and Hillary revealed that she will have a nursery at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. for her 1 1/2-year-old granddaughter, Charlotte.

“Oh my gosh, of course!” Hillary told ET’s Kevin Frazier with a laugh. “Easy question! I am thrilled that Charlotte recognizes me and calls me grandma. I am thrilled that she’ll occasionally ask her mother or father where I am and then, if I’m around, they’ll FaceTime me.”

“Every day,” Chelsea chimed in. “She asks about her grandma every day.”
Chelsea and her husband, investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, welcomed their daughter on Sept. 26, 2014. The couple announced in December that they are expecting their second child.
“It means so much to me, I think in part because I was so close to my grandmother,” Chelsea opened up about Hillary’s special bond with Charlotte. “I want my daughter to have that same relationship with my mom, and also, had I known that Charlotte would give me the gift of seeing my parents as grandparents and seeing just how much they love her and how interested they are in every part of her life, it gives me a window into clearly how much they loved me when I was an infant.”

It also turns out that Charlotte is grandma’s biggest fan on the campaign trail.

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“It’s so great, because before debates and before some of the big primaries, Chelsea and Marc would video Charlotte,” Hillary revealed. “When she was really little, they would make a sign which would say, ‘Good luck, grandma!’ Now, she can say, ‘Good luck! Good luck!’ It’s just amazing. So, I would get these little messages before the last couple of debates and it would just lift my spirits.”
If the election works out in Hillary’s favor, she will be a grandma during this stint in the White House — as opposed to the mother of a teenage girl when husband Bill Clinton took office in the early ’90s. She recalled getting the best advice on raising the first family from none other than Jackie Kennedy.

“I had the most wonderful conversation with Jackie Kennedy and asked her about how you raise a child in that kind of intense spotlight,” Hillary told ET. “So, I knew some of what I wanted to do to protect her, to give her as much of a so-called normal life as possible and to make the White House really welcoming to her friends. So, after the first time here, it was no longer like, ‘Oh my gosh, we’re going to the White House!’ ‘We’re going to Chelsea’s, see you later!'”

“After we left the White House, I talked to the Bushes and I talked to the Obamas about our experience, because it’s always been difficult, but in our 24/7 media world, it’s really hard,” she added.

Hillary’s own mother, Dorothy Rodham, died in 2011 of heart failure, and the presidential hopeful says she misses her mom “every single day,” especially amid intense campaigning.

“She campaigned with me in 2008, and it was so wonderful to have her on the campaign trail,” she said. “Of course, she lived with us the last 10 years of her life, so she was just there. She was so present and so interested in everything that was going on. She would follow the news and she would have questions. She would be excited, she’d be very proud, but she’d also still be giving me advice. Like, ‘I’m not sure you should have said that,’ or ‘Did you really need to wear that?’ Once a mother, always a mother, right?”

Hillary also revealed the celebrity who still leaves her starstruck exclusively to ET. Find out who she said and hear more from our interview with the mother-daughter duo in the video below.

Madonna Defends Her NSFW Butt-Baring Met Gala Ensemble: ‘My Dress Was a Political Statement’ Desiree Murphy

Madonna isn’t letting the haters knock her down.

The 57-year-old diva took to Instagram on Wednesday to justify the risqué all-black ensemble she wore to Monday’s Met Gala in New York City.

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The custom-designed Givenchy outfit, which was created by Riccardo Tisci, left very little to the imagination, giving guests a peek at the “Rebel Heart” singer’s toned booty and breasts. Upon seeing the look, many users left harsh comments on her Instagram page, writing things like, “Little too much skin don’t you think?”, “Trash” and “butt where is the skirt?”
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“We have fought and continue to fight for civil rights and gay rights around the world,” Madonna captioned a dimly-lit selfie taken in defense of her red carpet get-up. “When it comes to Women’s rights we are still in the dark ages. My dress at the Met Ball was a political statement as well as a fashion statement. The fact that people actually believe a woman is not allowed to express her sexuality and be adventurous past a certain age is proof that we still live in an age-ist and sexist society.”
“I have never thought in a limited way and I’m not going to start,” she continued. “We cannot effect change unless we are willing to take risks By being fearless and By taking the road less traveled by. That’s how we change history. If you have a problem with the way I dress it is simply a reflection of your prejudice.”

“I’m not afraid to pave the way for all the girls behind me‼” the singer concluded. “As Nina Simone once said, the definition of freedom is being fearless. I remain Unapologetic and a Rebel in this life and all the others. Join my fight for Gender. Equality!”
Madonna wasn’t the only one that made a statement on the Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology themed red carpet, as a slew of celebrities pulled out all the stops for fashion’s most glamorous night. From Amy Schumer carrying donuts in a fiery red dress to Katy Perry bringing along her Tamagotchi, it was certainly a memorable night for all.

Justin Bieber Dethrones Kendall Jenner as the Queen of Instagram

Justin Bieber is the new King of Instagram, as his steamy throwback pic with ex Selena Gomez has overthrown Kendall Jenner’s reigning snap.

Although Bieber and Gomez ended their relationship in 2014, it seems the Internet still has not gotten over “Jelena.” The singer’s Instagram pic, posted in March, features the young couple locking lips, and has captured the hearts of millions—literally. Receiving about 3,569,000 likes since it was first posted, Bieber’s snap is currently ahead of Jenner’s photo by roughly 7,000 likes, including the one that really matters—a stamp of approval in the form of a double tap from Selena Gomez.

“Feels,” Bieber captioned the winning throwback snap.

 

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Jenner’s photo has occupied the most-liked spot since June of last year. Her peaceful heart hair pic took top honors with 3.5 million likes, defeating sister Kim Kardashian’s 2014 wedding pic with Kanye West.

 

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While Bieber’s victory may be a shock for some, it seems the key to those Instagram likes lies in nostalgia—you better get ready for Throwback Thursday! It’s only a matter of time until the next celeb reigns supreme!

17 Celebrity Moms Who Gave Birth in Their

1. Kelly Preston

John Travolta’s wife gave birth at 48 to son Benjamin in 2010 after the couple’s 16-year-old son Jett died the year before following a seizure. In a 2011 interview, the actress told Healthmagazine that it was “amazing” to have a child at that stage in her life.

“When I found out I was pregnant, I was floored,” she said. “I’d snuck out of bed and then came back and woke Johnny up in bed. We both started crying. It was wonderful.”

2. Beverly D’Angelo

The National Lampoon’s Vacation star had twins, Anton and Olivia, at 49 with then-65-year-old-boyfriend Al Pacino in 2001. Her Vacation co-star and friend Chevy Chase spoke to Peopleabout D’Angelo’s pregnancy experience in 2001, admitting, “Because she’s not a young mother, she was a little nervous.”

3. Geena Davis

In 2002, the Oscar winner gave birth to daughter, Alizeh, at 46 and had twin boys, Kian and Kaiis, two years later at 48.

“It’s been really wonderful, but it was overwhelming,” she told Good Housekeeping in 2006 about having three children so close together.

4. Susan Sarandon

The Oscar winner welcomed sons Jack and Miles with then-partner Tim Robbins at 42 and 45, respectively, after already being mom to daughter Eva Amurri from a previous relationship.

“It was just such a freak [thing] that I got pregnant that I thought, ‘I can’t ignore this.’ And so I jumped,” she told Time Out New York in 2014. “I had to pay attention when it happened, because nobody could understand how it had happened.”

5. Nancy Grace

The tough-talking CNN anchorwoman had twins, Lucy and John, at 48 with her investment banker husband, David Lynch.

“I always said I wanted a family,” she told People in 2007. “I grew up in happy, loving family [and] I wanted it too. But until now, I just thought it wasn’t meant to be for me. And as part of God’s mysterious plan, I’m given this wonderful blessing late in life — and I could not be happier.”

6. Halle Berry

Forty-one was the magic number for the Oscar winner. That’s the age that she had her first child, Nahla, with then-beau, Gabriel Aubry, in 2008. Berry was 47 when she had her second child, Maceo, with estranged husband Olivier Martinez. In 2014, she got candid with Ellen DeGeneres about breastfeeding.

“There’s a difference between boys and girls. I breastfed Nahla and I’m nursing my baby,” she explained. “When I would put Nahla on the boob she would go [light sucking] — a nice little girly suck. With him it’s like, [chomping suck]. He’s like, sucking the life out of me! So I see the difference between boys and girls.”

7. Gwen Stefani

The Voice coach was 44 years old when she welcomed Apollo Bowie Flynn to her growing brood of boys with then-husband Gavin Rossdale in 2014. She was already mom to Kingston and Zuma, who she had in her 30s.

Stefani referred to Apollo’s birth as a surprise “miracle” in 2015 interview with InStyle. She revealed that the experience put her in “a whole new spiritual place.”

“I was trying at the time to do more music with No Doubt. Then I got pregnant, and I was like, ‘OK, well what am I going to do now? I need to make some changes,'” she said. “There’s only so much energy.”

8. Rachel Zoe

The famed fashion designer was 42 when she announced she was expecting her second child with husband Rodger Berman.

“Rodger, [son] Skyler and I hope that everyone had an amazing summer!” she wrote on her blog in 2013. “Before we head into the chaos of fashion season, we wanted to take a moment to OFFICIALLY confirm that we are expecting another child,” she wrote. “We are beyond excited for Skyler to have a sibling and for us to fall in love all over again. We feel incredibly blessed. Thank you all for your constant love and support of our family.”

9. Tina Fey

The two-time Golden Globe winner had already turned 41 by the time she had her second child, Penelope, in 2011. She first announced the baby news to Oprah Winfrey.

“My husband [Jeff Richmond] and I really decided that we felt rather than risk having 30 Rock end in several years and feeling like part of our family is missing that we were going to prioritize our family,” she said at the time.

10. Salma Hayek

The Oscar-nominated actress and husband, Francois-Henri Pinault, became parents to daughter, Valentina, when Hayek was 40, which, according to her, was for the better.

“I’m a more fulfilled human being now, and I probably wouldn’t have been 10 years ago,” Hayek told WebMD magazine. “She gets a better mother for being born now.”

11. Kim Basinger

The Oscar winning actress had a daughter, Ireland, with then-husband, Alec Baldwin, when she was 41. Due to the couple’s divorce in 2002, Basinger took a non-traditional approach to raising her daughter, according to an interview she had with The EDIT earlier this month.

“I brought up Ireland in a very unconventional way,” she explained. “I just wanted her to be free. If she wanted to have her friends over and write over the walls with pen, that was fine. I wanted her childhood to be full of love and light and animals and friends.”

12. Brooke Shields

The former child star had daughter Grier in 2006, when she was 41. Grier marked baby No. 2 for Shields and husband Chris Henchy, who were already parents to daughter, Rowan. In her book, Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression, Shields chronicled her battle with feelings of hopelessness after the birth of Rowan in 2003.

“I really didn’t want to live anymore,” she said.

According to The Associated Press, a doctor attributed the actress’ condition to low levels of estrogen and progesterone and prescribed Paxil.

13. Celine Dion

The GRAMMY winner gave birth to twin boys, Eddy and Nelson, at 42 years old in 2010 after multiple failed IVF attempts that she told Hello! were “difficult emotionally.” The singer’s husband and father of her children, Rene Angelil, died on January 14, 2016, after a long battle with cancer.

In one of the most poignant moments of his funeral service, Angelil and Dion’s eldest son, Rene-Charles, took the pulpit to honor his late father.

“Dad, you are a tough act to follow, but with your help, everything is going to be fine,” Rene-Charles said. “Dad, I promise you we are all going to live up to your standards.”

14. Helen Hunt

The Mad About You star was 40 when her daughter, Makena Lei, was born. She discussed the difficulties that she and beau Matthew Carnahan experienced on the road to pregnancy with Ladies’ Home Journal in 2008.

“It turned out to be tougher to get pregnant than I thought it would be,” she said. “I tried for a long time, and it just didn’t happen, to the point where getting pregnant became the greatest wish – and the greatest challenge – of my life. My fate wasn’t to jump into the backseat of a car and have a baby. My boyfriend and I were on our last big try, and if the baby hadn’t come, we would have adopted. But then I did get pregnant – in 2003.”

15. Meryl Streep

The three-time Oscar winner had her fourth child, Louisa, at 41.

“Motherhood, marriage, it’s a balancing act,” she told Good Housekeeping in 2008, “especially when you have a job that you consider rewarding. It’s a challenge but the best kind of challenge. Robert Redford taught me that when they were babies ‘they are not your props.’ I really admired the way he protected his family. It’s something I consciously emulated.”

16. Nicole Kidman

The Oscar winner and her husband, Keith Urban, welcomed daughter, Sunday Rose, in 2008 when Kidman was 40 and daughter Faith in 2010 when she was 43. Despite advancing in years, Kidman told Elle in 2014 that she could give birth again.

“Every month, I’m like, ‘I hope I’m pregnant!'” she said. “I had my last one at 43. My grandmother had her last at 49.”

17. Mariah Carey

The GRAMMY winner gave birth to twins Moroccan and Monroe at 42 in 2011. Unlike Kidman, Carey plans on Roe and Roc being her only kids.

“Those are my two babies,” she explained to The Lowdown‘s Diana Madison earlier this year. “I think they would be so jealous because they get upset when I pet the dog.”

Olivia Munn Goes ‘Lethal’ as Psylocke in Behind-the-Scenes ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Footage

Olivia Munn worked hard on her ninja skills to play Psylocke in the latest X-Men film and ET has the footage to prove it!

Flipping through the air, slicing cars in two and super high kicks were just some of the stunts tasked to Munn for her first time as a mutant, but she’s embraced the challenges which she took on without the help of a stunt double.

WATCH: Olivia Munn Explains Why She Wanted to Do Her Own Stunts in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

“The thing I’ve always loved about Psylocke is she’s very lethal,” Munn says in a behind-the-scenes clip. “She’s an amazing fighter, and she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty.”

Earlier this year at the Sci-Tech Awards, Munn told ET she trained for about six or seven hours per day in preparation for the movie, including exercises in Tae Kwon Do, sword fighting and wirework.

“It was important to me that I was able to do all of the stunts because the more believable it is, the better it is for the audience — and the only way to make it believable is for me to actually do it,” she said.

WATCH: James McAvoy Says He Beats Up Oscar Isaac in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

The upcoming blockbuster follows the awakening of the first and most powerful mutant, the immortal Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), who recruits Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and other mutants to create a new world order. Apocalypse’s emergence leaves the X-Men as the world’s only hope against the seemingly invincible nemesis’ extinction level plan.

X-Men: Apocalypse, also starring Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman and Rose Byrne, opens May 27.