Page Six Fills In the Sean Penn Blank

We believe it.

PlayboyNovember1991CoverOn this date in 1988, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officers responded to a complaint of a dispute at the Malibu home of Sean Penn and Madonna. The incident has been thoroughly revisited this fall by attorneys for Penn in connection with a defamation lawsuit filed against Empire maestro Lee Daniels. From Richard Johnson’s weekend item:

The [LASD] deputies told Penn’s [legal] team there was no evidence the actor had assaulted his wife that night, a source said. “That’s why there was no arrest.”

There were, however, widespread tabloid reports at the time that Penn had roughed up Madonna and held her captive for nine hours, “trussed up like a turkey.”

Even though the tabloid fiction was denied by Madonna in a 1989 Rolling Stone interview and again by Penn two years later, the erroneous details have lived on. At the heart of Penn’s lawsuit is a very serious media correction. But in the Johnson item, there is also this funny detail:

Penn denied it [tying up Madonna] to Playboy in 1991, saying, “It was a great disappointment to some of my more perverse acquaintances… that it hadn’t occurred.” (Sources say he meant Dennis Hopper.)

That tidbit ties in nicely to the title of Illeana Douglas’s new memoir. It’s called I Blame Dennis Hopper.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Dennis Hopper Biographer Rides Wave of L.A. Times Publicity
Dennis Hopper: Gone But Not Forgotten
An Amazing, Easy Read: Dennis Hopper’s Special-Day Bio