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Sean Penn Sued

Photog Claims Death Threat

4/5/2010 3:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0405_seanpenn_ex_2Sean Penn threatened to kill a paparazzo if he ever ran into him again ... this according to a new lawsuit filed by the photog.

Jordan Dawes alleges he was filming a documentary about paparazzi last October in Brentwood, CA when Penn suddenly began "kicking and punching" him.

In the suit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Dawes says Penn broke his camera and then said "the next time I see you, you will be in a box."

As we first reported, Dawes said he had to have knee surgery ... the result of the alleged attack.

Penn was charged with criminal battery and vandalism over the incident back in February. That case is pending.

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46.

mellow    

42. Isn't it a crime to advocate violence on someone? I hope TMZ is logging the IPs of these baboons telling people to attack the Paps. I bet it's pinko-Penn with multiple accounts. by Hickok

Good grief you should see the Jackson threads, death threats every page. On the paps side celebs know this is part of the game and surely do play to them when it creates the press they need. On the celeb side they want some privacy at times, too bad they cannot dictate when and where that occurs. From the amount of posts here Sean Penn is a non starter for paps other than getting whacked by him and suing him so ignore his cranky butt and get some shots of more hot celebs.

1632 days ago
47.

TheLordThyGod    

KNEE SURGERY???? BS!!! Penn barely REACHED him!

I like most of what I know of Sean ---and NOT most of what I know of the paparazzi--- but, if the guy assaults you, why not just beat his ass? (Right or wrong, I think the paparazzi DESERVE to get their asses kicked. OFTEN!!!)

1632 days ago
48.

South Beach    

Given the harassment of many of the Paps, particularly the freelance ones, let it be a warning. You don't see them hassling Jack Nickelson do you? There's a reason for that. Pretty sure Penn will be happy to pay the bill, if there is one, on this.

1632 days ago
49.

NJMoose    

Sean Penn is just taking a page from his "pal" Chavez's book "Evil Dictatoring for Dummies"
Suppression of any and all dissenters, even photogs.
If SP had his way there would be a firing squad in that photog's future.

1632 days ago
50.

Paddy B.    

Ironic isn't it? Sean Penn, good, close friend of Venezualian dictator Hugo Chavez, and ultra liberal anti-war protester, kicking a pap (regardless of how poorly executed it was).

It never ceases to amaze me how many of these peace-loving, staunch anti-violence demonstrating, promotors of tolerance are the very first to throw a punch or a kick!

Dealing with the paps and lookie-loos is a part of the price of fame and fortune. It comes with the territory. Can't stand the heat, get outta the kitchen.

1632 days ago
51.

Thunder Thighs    

Sean Penn is the scum of the earth, he is nothing more than some wharf rat.

If he really is that great of an actor how come I've never seen him in anything?

1632 days ago
52.

Thunder Thighs    

Sean Penn is the scum of the earth, he is nothing more than some wharf rat.

If he really is that good of an actor how come I've never seen anyone of his movies?

1632 days ago
53.

Lance    

Why didn't he just kick back?

1632 days ago
54.

Greg    

Penn is 5'5" 135 Lbs. He's a little dude with a chip on his shoulder.

1632 days ago
55.

Bring 'Em Young    

I bet Carrie Prejean will have to pay more in the lawsuit against her than Sean Penn will have to pay in the lawsuit against him. But then you right wing complainocrats always end up wrong after all your loud mouth attention whore sensalitionalized garbage you spout day after day on TMZ.com

1632 days ago
56.

matt    

Sean, please go to Cuba or Venezuela since you think they are so much better than the US & Don't let the Socialist door hit you in the ass!

1632 days ago
57.

Robyn    

I will never support this fool and his movies EVER again. Go hang out with Chavez jerk.

1632 days ago
58.

Bring 'Em Young    

If Hugo Chavez was as dangerous as right wing nuts seem to think, why would so many republican politicians allow their states to accept charity from Venezuela in the form of free heating oil for America's poor ? Gee and I thought Alaska had so much of their own oil they wouldn't need to accept all that charity from Hugo Chavez.

1632 days ago
59.

Mrs Joe Jackson    

Good. I hope he does it. You guys are like bed bugs.

1632 days ago
60.

Rudy    

Throw the commie in the clink and kick him.

1632 days ago
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