Madonna Submits Testimony Denying Allegations Sean Penn Beat Her

( Police and media reports of alleged incident in June 1987 have shaped public opinion about the nature of Madonna's marriage to Sean Penn. For almost 30 years, biographers and journalists have repeated variations on a story that Penn tied Madonna up, sexually abused her and beat her with a baseball bat.

Madonna denied the allegations in a 1989 interview with Rolling Stone, and rarely addressed or alluded to the events ever again, despite persistent speculation. This year, Penn brought a $10 million defamation lawsuit against Empire creator Lee Daniels for repeating the story in defense of actor Terrence Howard--who he suggested faces a double standard about domestic violence in Hollywood.

In an amendment to Penn's lawsuit, Madonna herself produced sworn testimony that the incident never occurred and that despite their tempestuous marriage, the fights never got physical. In the sworn affidavit, the Queen of Pop vouches for Penn's character, talent and behavior during their high-profile union. Read more here. is an official news provider for
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