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Did Sean Penn Beat Up Madonna? An Archaeology of Hollywood’s Most Explosive Rumor

Sean Penn goes by a number of honorifics: actor, journalist, philanthropist, activist, humanitarian. At scattered points throughout his career, however, reporters and biographers have branded him with a much less noble title: wife beater. Since the late Eighties, numerous media outlets have alleged, with varying…

After Years of Silence, Madonna Denies Allegations That Ex-Husband Sean Penn Beat Her Up

At the center of Sean Penn’s $10 million defamation lawsuit against Empire creator Lee Daniels is the question of whether the actor ever beat up his ex-wife Madonna, whom he married in 1985 and separated from in 1989. Penn has repeatedly denied such allegations—which have been noted by numerous media outlets and at…

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