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Sean Penn

Charged With Crimes

2/19/2010 8:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Sean Penn was charged with criminal battery and vandalism today, in connection with a run-in with the paparazzi ... TMZ has learned.

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The incident occurred last October in Brentwood, CA. TMZ captured the confrontation as an angry Penn approached and kicked a paparazzo, allegedly breaking his camera.

We've learned the Los Angeles City Attorney filed two misdemeanor counts -- battery and vandalism.

If convicted on both counts, Penn could go to jail for 1 1/2 years.

Penn's rep could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Doublelattehaze    

I'm all for the camera man and Penn should be tossed in jail....but considering that we are talking about Calli-for-n-ia....he'll walk.

The camera man wasn't in Penns face and was some distance away.

No matter what Penn thinks....he isn't God.

1617 days ago
17.

Tom    

I am so sick and tired of these renegade "reporters" claiming they were attacked. Placing one's self in a position to antagonize or constantly invade ones life is just not morally correct. Professional reporters and news staff in the field are required by the county and the city of Los Angeles to apply for a press pass or license which includes up to and including fingerprints and background checks before those credentials are provided. Why are rogue "paparazzi" allowed to roam freely without holding themselves to a higher standard; similar to credited news agencies? I have to say though that TMZ staff have always been courteous and professional and would think Harvey Levin could head up some sort "setting the standards" position to weed out the unguided and misfortunate "stalkers" and "ex-felons" roaming around making constant contact with the entertainment industry. I don't think Sean reacted in any type of uncontrollable tirade whatsoever. It appeared to me that this paparazzi guy had history as other paparazzi were all over the street and Penn totally ignored them.

1617 days ago
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Angry Democrat 'Sky Blu' from LMFAO attack GOP Romney on Purpose .    

BIO: Hugo chavez has removed (at Gun Point) most of his democratically elected poltical opponents (like Rosales) , has laws against political dissent speech , chavez has a national police force (Chavistas) that spread violence & hate to anyone thought to be Chavez political opponent , over 3,000 missing political activists or oppoents in Venezuela, Hugo Chavez is Anti-Semitic & Anti -Catholic (calls Catholics "Liars & Perverts"), Unspeakable acts of real torture towards political dissents, according to reports, latin american 1st Fascist leader, ETC.
NOTE: Dictator Hugo Chavez has called BOTH George Bush & Barack Obama Evil (via: devil's sulfur)and recently Hugo Chavez stated that the USA CAUSED the Haiti Quake with an earth quake making machine. SO why do Ultra Rich Celebrities (like Sean Penn or disgraced director Oliver Stone) support Violent Dictators ?

1617 days ago
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SYLVI212    

10. Frikkin pathetic. If Penn is allowed to respond like that to something where he isn't being physically threatened, physically assaulted then it is just BS. He needs to go to jail and be made someones B*TCH!

I DON'T THINK EVEN THE THUGS IN JAIL WOULD WANT A PIECE OF THAT---ICK! PENN IS A TOTAL-ASS JERK. YOU PEOPLE THINK HE WAS TIRED OF BEING DOGGED BY A PHOTOG--HELL--HE TREATS EVERYONE LIKE THAT. WHAT AN ASS.



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1617 days ago
20.

Ken    

Sean Penn could walk right by me and I would not give a hoot about talking to him or taking his picture. Whatever.

1617 days ago
21.

kim    

Sean Penn is an angry aggressive nut job. He is anti American and just an idiot thru and thru. He acts like he knows more than everyone and that the public is just so stupid about foreign affairs. Stick to your "acting" job Sean and dont belittle people who arent rich & famous like you. He should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. No real man kicks another man- come on what a loser Sean is! He needs to get off the drugs because they are making him even more aggressive.

1617 days ago
22.

kim    

The pap was 100 ft away from him, not in his personal space or on private property? Why did Sean just go after the 1 pap and leave the others alone? Makes me think this 1 pap has bothered him before?

Either way Sean was totally out of line. Im embarrassed for what a moron he looks like getting red in face over a measly pap taking his picture. He needs to ease up on the drugs.

1617 days ago
23.

CutTheCrap    

Didn't he do the same thing years ago when he was dating Madonna??

1617 days ago
24.

Robin    

Kim are you sreious??????? You are a complete idiot! You think he should go to jail because he got fed up with someone in his face just clicking away and I'm sure saying some really nice things while he was at it. Yeah I know it's the price you pay if you want to be famous but paps just go to far most of the time and it's not like he goes around kicking people everyday. He just was probably having a bad day and couldn't deal with it. He should have to replace the broken camera and that should be enough.

1617 days ago
25.

Court    

he could do 1 and a half years, and MJ's doctor, still has his medical license, and is walking free....YEAH THAT MAKES SENSE!!!

and chris brown did that to rihanna...and he did no time...yup...MAKES SENSE!

1617 days ago
26.

juniper    

seems like penn has seen one to many cameras that day, anyhow can you blame him when he makes money off Movie Cameras he is not going to let anyone use a mickey mouse camera to make money off him

1617 days ago
27.

bill park    

If the photog is from TMZ then the TMZ photog should go to jail.
You guys are leeches. Penn should go free no matter what.

1617 days ago
28.

UGGGGHHH    

Sean should of called the authorities . By taking the law in his own hands by assault and battery which is a crime and will cost him.
Too bad.

1617 days ago
29.

Maija    

I've never like Sean Penn. He has no respect for anyone but himself. It's about time he pays for being so doggone self-centered and thinking the world centers around him. Finally, it is centered around his actions and he's getting to pay for them.

1617 days ago
30.

Barb    

I hope he likes jail. That behaviour is UNACCEPTABLE for anyone. Who do you think you are?? Rich doesn't make it right, you need to get a grip on your anger. If you don't like the spotlight, be a plummer. I'll never watch another movie, read another article or buy another product you're associated with. Enjoy jail.

1617 days ago
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