After quoting Spicoli in court papers and referring to Sean Penn’s defamation lawsuit against him as “bogus,” Empire creator Lee Daniels has changed his tune and decided to settle.

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Daniels’ stack of Empire money will get slightly smaller, though the amount of the settlement is unknown. Penn filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit in September 2015, after Daniels made a comment about the actor’s alleged abuse of women in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last year.

The settlement announced on Wednesday involves a robotic formal apology on Daniels’ end and a donation to Penn’s Haitian Relief Organization.

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Daniels said in a statement, “I am sorry that I have hurt you Sean, and I apologize and retract my reckless statements about you.” :)

Penn graciously said: “I accept Lee’s heartfelt apology and appreciate the sincerity with which it was delivered.” Yes, this is all very legally sincere.


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