Sean Penn shuts down rumors about hitting Madonna with a baseball bat

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Sean Penn has set the record straight about rumors that he hit his former wife, Madonna, with a baseball bat during their four-year marriage.

Penn recounted a dramatic incident involving a SWAT team in an exclusive interview with The New York Times. “I had a freaking SWAT team come into my house,” he shared. This followed Madonna's concerns about guns in their home. She told the police, “I said, ‘I’m not coming out. I’m going to finish my breakfast.’”

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Actor/director Sean Penn at the photocall for “The Last Face” at the 69th Festival de Cannes. May 20, 2016 Cannes, France. Photo by Paul Smith / Featureflash

“The next thing I knew, windows were being broken all around the house and they came in,” Penn explained. “They had me in handcuffs.”

Despite their tumultuous past, Penn revealed that he still has a soft spot for Madonna. “She’s someone I love,” he admitted. He also noted that repairing a friendship post-divorce is easier without children involved. “It took [ex-wife Robin Wright] and I quite a while. There was a lot of drama. Much more important to repair it if there are kids involved, but no easy swing, right?” Penn added.

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Madonna at the launch of her new perfume on 4/12/12. (NYC) Photo by: KGC-146/starmaxinc.com

Madonna, on her part, has unequivocally denied any physical abuse during her marriage to Penn. In a 2015 statement, while testifying on Penn’s behalf in a defamation lawsuit against Lee Daniels, she said, “While we certainly had more than one heated argument during our marriage, Sean has never struck me, ‘tied me up,’ or physically assaulted me, and any report to the contrary is completely outrageous, malicious, reckless, and false.”

Reflecting on his past relationships, Penn, who has been married three times, expressed a sense of freedom. “I’m just free,” he said. “If I’m going to be in a relationship, I’m still going to be free, or I’m not going to be in it, and I’m not going to be hurting.” He added, “I don’t sense I’ll have my heart broken by romance again.”

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Sean Penn. at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival – “Daddio” premiere held at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 10, 2023 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Photo By: Brent Perniac/AdMedia

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