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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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61.

rono    

He's not being harrassed, not being chased and I don't see any children under his supervision. So, what's the problem? The paps aren't doing anything but taking his picture. An enraged Sean penn walks to the camera man and kicks him. That's wrong. He can't control his anger. Yes he should be prosecuted. If I walked up to someone and kicked them I would expect consequences.

1614 days ago
62.

Josh    

"Let us hope he goes to jail, so that he has to stop promoting his communist agenda."

You're a MORON... If anything Penn believes in socialist services, and that is pushing it. People like you are IDIOTS!

1614 days ago
63.

Tom M.    

Put the little C@nt in jail. Having photographers take your picture is a small price to pay for making ridiculous amounts of money and not having to do any real work, and NO acting isn't real work....

1614 days ago
64.

Bring 'Em Young    

I love these comments from the scared little man that wants everyone to be as afraid of Hugo Chavez as he is.

1614 days ago
65.

remy    

I think Cali should make a law forcing papparazzi to stay a certain distance away from those they are trying to shoot. Yes, it's a free country, free speech...whatever. The fact is that many of these guys go overboard and instigate things to get a money shot.

I don't agree with the way Penn handled it, but I can understand his frustration with these people.

1614 days ago
66.

Jerry    

You rock Sean

1614 days ago
67.

Ralphie Lauren    

I think those who work as Paparazzi should realize there are boundaries. Would you like someone in your face asking you questions all day long because your famous? the answer is NO!! ha ha ha(most would say). So, maybe he was provoced. Provocation can be used in this case. next time.. if you dont want to be kicked like a dog back-off!!!!dumb paparazzi!!! lol

1614 days ago
68.

nico    

no love for paps but sean penn is a DOUCHE

1614 days ago
69.

songanddancegrl    

Nothing wrong with kicking a pap. Its like swatting a bee. Dont forget that only a few years ago the paparazzi tried showing up at his little brother's funeral..thats unforgivable.

1614 days ago
70.

susie    

I, like most of the world have looked the other way at Sean Penn's behavior/actions and excused it away. And I am not a fan of the Paparazzis and how they treat/stalk/hound celbs. Enough is enough Sean!!! Lucky you are a celb or you would be in jail NOW. I hope you get what you deserve. Jail time.

1614 days ago
71.

Brian    

Sean is a douche!! all these dumb actors think the world should kiss there butts. First of all they were the ones wanting to become famous and now they are just too good for it?? Its so rediculous. I mean they know that people want to see them and reporters and camera's are going to follow them everywhere. Why is it always a suprise to these stupid, snoby actors. What a bunch of crap.

1614 days ago
72.

Ricky    

Somebody give that man a huuuuuug and check his heart. As a matter of fact... Dr. Conrad Murray should check his heart an maybe sedate him.

1614 days ago
73.

Bring 'Em Young    

I guess that new anti-paparazzi law is only meant to protect Jennifer Anniston.

1614 days ago
74.

Shawn    

"n 1987, Penn, ex-husband of pop star Madonna, served 33 days in jail for assaulting a photographer on a film set. The actor was also charged with felony and domestic assault during his marriage to Madonna. "

If he was a first time offender, community service possibly, but he has a history for this type of crime. I hope he has to serve a few months at least. A couple months in lockup would certainly cool down that over-heating ego of his!

1614 days ago
75.

mo    

Mr Penn want to be in the spot light he needs to learn to live with it maybe he should go and live in Venezuela with his good friend hugo.lost respect for teh guy a long time ago .

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