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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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121.

I selpt with John Edwards, too!!!!!    

Hell, I'd love to be a pap for a day. I'd do it for free as long as I was assigned to cover this Communist skidmark. I'd pray he'd come after me. Someone needs to shove his head up his own ass.

1714 days ago
122.

I selpt with John Edwards, too!!!!!    

He should go to prison for aiding and abetting terrorists with his propaganda and insanity.

1714 days ago
123.

I selpt with John Edwards, too!!!!!    

Why didn't the fotog whoop his hobbit ass????

1714 days ago
124.

buzzard    

Way To Go, Sean!

1714 days ago
125.

80's Gal    

While I don't condone paparazzi getting in the faces of celebrities (and there needs to be laws on the books regarding this), that doesn't condone assaulting someone. Sean should be charged.

1714 days ago
126.

ginny    

bs, leave people alone, the photog should get his camera broken if he cannot stay far enough away.

g

1714 days ago
127.

Zach Swan    

This should not be illegal. The paparazzi are mostly a bunch of intrusive thugs. Ordinarily, I don't think much of Sean Penn. After this, I like him a little bit.

1714 days ago
128.

Caring Kate    

Looks like pap was in the wrong here. He put his camera in Penn's face and then blocked Penn's path. Hope the judge fines the pap. Hey paps! Don't let a handful of extremely offensive paps ruin the business for you! Support pap fines and/or arrests where warranted.

1714 days ago
129.

MeanJoe    

Man! I wish i was there I'd had Sean's back and proceeded to give the guy filming a A@# Whooping his children would feel for a year.

1714 days ago
130.

Tim    

I love S.P.

1714 days ago
131.

Tim    

He will never change...and I'm glad!!

1714 days ago
132.

Hep    

Every time I take my trash to the curb while wearing my ratty old robe, I breathe a silent prayer thanking God for not making me a celebrity.

"Regular" people can not have their photos published without permission. Why can they publish celebrity photos just because they happen to be the flavor of the day?

1714 days ago
133.

samper    

Am I the only one who bothered to watch the video? Because it doesn't show the pap in his face. He was quite some distance from Penn, who had to HIKE over to him to be Mr. Tuff Guy. And he continues to assault the pap, even as the pap is backing away.

Penn should have the book thrown at him for assault.

1714 days ago
134.

Bonbon    

Paparazzi should know to stay away from him he is insane and might do something worse next time, Penn is a hateful angry man, notice he never smiles or laughs, plus he's a drunk.

1714 days ago
135.

Tim    

He should get a medal. I blame the police for letting this kind of harrassment continue.

1714 days ago
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