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Sean Penn

Cops Plea in Criminal Case

5/12/2010 2:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned ... Sean Penn -- who was charged with battery in connection with a paparazzi run-in last October -- has just copped a plea in his criminal case.

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Penn -- who was charged with misdemeanor vandalism and battery by L.A. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich -- pled no contest this AM to one count of vandalism.  The battery charge was dismissed.

Penn was placed on 36 months probation and ordered to perform 300 hours of community service.  The judge said Penn's work for his Haitian relief organization will count toward his 300 hours, but his prior volunteer work won't count -- it's 300 hours going forward.

Penn was also ordered to perform 36 hours of anger management, which can be done through a private therapist.

If Penn successfully completes his probation his vandalism conviction will turn into a disturbing the peace conviction -- a lesser offense.

But there's more.  Penn must stay 100 yards away from the victim.  A restitution hearing over the pap's camera and medical bills is set for July 8.

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31.

lili    

Both the actor and the paparazzi should have been given 300 hours of work. for wasting the system !!! there is a lot of work to do here and cleaning the freeways.
when are the paparazzi would stop?

1532 days ago
32.

Big Mamma Cornbread    

LEAVE HIM ALONE THEN STOP STALKING FOR A RISE OUT OF HIM...U REALLY DON'T WANT ANOTHER PHOTO..U WANT HIS MONEY..EITHER WAY U CAN GGET IT..MAKING HIM MAD/ OR A PRICEY PHOTO...CHEAP WHORES...I HATE TO TAKE IT THERE ...BUT..U CAN'T BE WRONG AND STRONG...FOR SHAME...LET HIM BE

1532 days ago
33.

JCH    

why dont these photographers ever fight back? what a bunch of *******. i would've dropped my camera and beat the crap out of him for stepping to me like that

1532 days ago
34.

Dicky    

Penn should have knocked that f***er out!

1532 days ago
35.

HollywoodMan    

dude is only paparazzi who care his ass get kick by Shawn?



paparazzi is just low class people anyways.

1532 days ago
36.

Jewells    

If the paps were invading the privacy of you and your family and your friends and your home and where you ate and where you shopped and where you breathe and wrote lie after lie after lie.....after a while I reckon we would all do what he did.

1532 days ago
37.

kevin    

I thought Community Service, was to be served in the community. What does Haiti have to do with LA? Pay your debt locally!

1532 days ago
38.

timturk    

I am by no means a Sean Penn fan, but it seems like we are seeing the tail end of a situation here. I wonder what smart-ass comment the dude with the camera that Mr. Penn was attacking said. I saw at least one other guy with a camera that seemed to pretty much get ignored. Penn also did not seemed bothered by the chicken **** that hid in the car. Having said that, I wonder if Sean Penn is like Matt Damon and pisses his pants every time someone yells "Sarah Palin". Hey Sean, Hugo called, you left your boxer-briefs under his bed.

1532 days ago
39.

JohnLA1961    

Typical Hollywierd liberal,Egotisical,Stupid,and violent.

1532 days ago
40.

Sally    

He should have to serve community service in this country! What is wrong with the Court System in LA -- is it "star stuck?" Nevertheless, he should be assigned to be cleaning the latrines on a military base!!!! That is fair for his anti-war persona. All bets are on that he will get out of it because he is a celebrity.
Better yet, can't we just banish him forever from America????

1532 days ago
41.

inny    

Penn's got balls...plus looks, heart,talent and brains.



People, at the most, have only 2 out of five going for them.
If they think they've got more...then they are legends in their own minds.

1532 days ago
42.

inny    

At least you can say "he's no coward."

1532 days ago
43.

roch20    

'He was also ordered to undergo 36 hours of anger management counseling and stay 100 yards away from the photographer.' Tell me that this is a joke! Away from a paparazzi? Tell that to the so called photographers; the sentencing should have been imposed on both parties! I love Sean; you hunky, stud, motherfoker; will do him any day, any time!

1531 days ago
44.

Stephane.G    

Sean should have grabbed the dude and kicked his ass....one of these days some paparazzi will get killed...they have to leave some space

1531 days ago
45.

Roger    

I don't like Sean Penn, but most of you are delusional douchebags. Paparazzi is just a fluff term for stalker, these stalkers are protected by the law to follow the people around all day and take photos of them. Medical bills? That stalker is a bigger ***** than soccer players who feign injuries on the field.

1531 days ago
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