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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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46.

I BE DARNELL    

THIS GRUNT IS LONG OVERDUE,TO BE DEALT WITH .A MAN WHO IS A LEGEND IN HIS OWN MIND.; FULL OF RAGE AND CONTEMPT, FOR WHO KNOWS HOW LONG. I HOPE HE IS PROSECUTED , THAT WAS NOT CALLED FOR,NOT AT ALL.

1653 days ago
47.

Jeff    

Anyone who supports Obama should be locked up !

1653 days ago
48.

Mrs Joe Jackson    

Take that TMZ.

1653 days ago
49.

Bring 'Em Young    

The word "commie" starts losing it's meaning when you misuse it over and over again.

1653 days ago
50.

Bring 'Em Young    

Most white guys would huff and puff and pace back and forth yelling and doing everything else except fight. Sean's pretty cool going right at them and exerting his will on those guys without even spilling his lunch. Charges will be dropped.

1653 days ago
51.

tehheh    

Dude: Go back to Bay Area, where you moved after your wife got carjacked here in L.A. years ago. Paps aren't as voracious up there. I know L.A. is where you spent a lot of your life. I know you used to be a surfer kid. You might even consider it home. I'm from the Venice area originally myself and I'm not much younger than you are. You have the freedom to live anywhere you want. Unless you have a compelling reason to stick around (family or work obligations), you can easily afford to live elsewhere and commute. Or you can hire some security employee (s) to help you get here and there around L.A. It's time to put that hot temper of yours to rest. The paps will go away eventually.

1653 days ago
52.

rickinBC    

Paparazzi are amongst the lowest form of life on this planet and their asses should be kicked. They have NO/ZILCH/NADA respect for anyone. Get a real job,douchebags!

1653 days ago
53.

Joe M...    

GROW UP SEAN....before we have a OJ Simpson situation here...seek mental thearpy help for yourself...before its too late. Peace...

1653 days ago
54.

Bart    

sean you are a 50 year old man, you are not a kid any more. Grow up and behave or somebody is going to squash you one day.

1653 days ago
55.

Heartland Patriot    

Sean Penn is a dictator-loving creep. He thought Saddam Hussein was a swell guy, and thinks the same about Hugo Chavez. So, whatever bad thing that happens to Sean Penn, he probably has it coming.

1653 days ago
56.

SP    

Sean Penn is an a hole lock his ass up. I don't like paps either, but I dislike Penn way more.

1653 days ago
57.

Why Not    

Considering how aggressive and obnoxious paparazzi are with getting in people's faces, they sure are a bunch of whiners and whimps! Typical bullies.... all talk, but when the scuffle happens, fall on their knees and cry for help.
Maybe they need to learn to be more polite, less intrusive and to take 'no' for an answer.

1653 days ago
58.

pattijen    

Sean Penn should absolutely get some jail time for his bad behavior. He's been an angry violent man for too long now and needs to be taught a lesson. He's a celebrity. Celebrities get their picture taken. He should deal with it.

1653 days ago
59.

BabbaJay    

You people don't get it. Women love Sean Penn because he's complicated, like a biology pop quiz with Jesus Christ in the class.

1653 days ago
60.

sc    

Sean Penn is alowed to hate the paps but we all know he has anger issues. That is why his wives left him I assume.
I think Robin has enough of this bullcrap.
So maybe being sued will FINALY make him seek counseling.

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