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Sean Penn denies hitting Madonna with a baseball bat

Sean Penn cleared the air about his past relationship with Madonna.

The Oscar winner, 63, told the New York Times that he never physically assaulted the “Vogue” singer, 65, when they married between 1985 and 1989.

Penn recalled the time his house was cleared by the SWAT team after Madonna called the police because she was concerned about guns in the house.

“I said, ‘I can’t figure it out. I’m going to finish my breakfast,” Penn said in the interview published Saturday.

Sean Penn and Madonna at a charity gala in January 2016. Getty Images

“The next thing I knew, windows were being smashed all over the house and they were getting in. They kept me in handcuffs,” he added.

The “Mystic River” star said there were rumors at the time that he “beat up Madonna like a turkey.” He also claimed that he once spent a night with a woman who asked if he hit Madonna with a baseball bat.

“I didn’t know what she was talking about,” Penn said.

He also described Madonna as “someone I love,” and compared their relationship to his dynamic with his second ex-wife, actress Robin Wright, with whom he shares two children.

“It turns out that it’s much faster to repair a friendship after a divorce if there are no children involved,” says Penn. ‘It took Robin and I have been for a while. There was a lot of drama. Much more important to fix it when there are kids involved, but not an easy swing, right?

Sean Penn and Madonna in 1988. Getty Images

There were rumors that Penn had abused Madonna at the time, including when the “Hung Up” singer filed for divorce from Penn twice, first in 1987 and then in 1989.

In 2015, their relationship was in the news again when “Empire” creator Lee Daniels referenced Penn while naming men in Hollywood who committed domestic violence. Daniels, 64, defended actor Terrence Howard against claims of abuse by his ex-wives, telling the Hollywood Reporter that Howard “has done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn.”

In response, Penn filed a $10 million lawsuit against Daniels.

Sean Penn on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on June 13, 2024. GC images

“Sean is dismayed by the unnecessary attacks and statements made against him over the years, and he wants to take a stand and set the record straight,” Penn’s attorney said in a statement at the time.

Madonna testified on Penn’s behalf and denied that he ever abused her while they were married.

“While we have certainly had more than one heated argument during our marriage, Sean has never hit, ‘tied up’ or physically abused me, and any report to the contrary is completely outrageous, malicious, reckless and false,” she says. wrote in a statement at the time, according to the NYT.

Sean Penn at the Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2023. Corbis via Getty Images

Penn dropped the lawsuit in 2016 after Daniels apologized for his comments and made a donation to one of Penn’s charities.

That same year, Madonna praised Penn when she attended his annual Help Haiti Home gala.

“I want to say Sean, I love you, from the moment I saw you,” Madonna said, before jokingly adding, “I wish you would stop smoking cigarettes.”

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