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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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1.

Ann    

Penn should have stayed in his rowboat in New Orleans after Katrina with his 20 photographers on board, idiot narcissist thespian.

1623 days ago
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moe    

Dude is a ratard he should have gotten jail time. This old man should know better.

1623 days ago
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Melissa    

soooo doesn't that mean the pap has to stay a hundred yards away from sean? i mean, he's the one chasing him around like an animal! so i guess this works in sean's favor.... hahaa



fu&^ the paps, they deserve whatever they get!

1623 days ago
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James    

Maybe his commie buddy can help him. Friggen *** ****

1623 days ago
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coastal    

While I commend him on his charity work in Haiti, his community service sentence should be carried out in THIS country....there are plenty of roads and public parks here that need to be cleaned. Plenty of public bathrooms that need to be scrubbed. This guy is a has-been, no talent, BULLY and he needs to be brought back to this country to do his time.

1623 days ago
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FreeWill    

Next news from this old man, is going to be, how he assaulted his therapist!!Maybe he must go to Cuba and kiss Fidel A*s*s

1623 days ago
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Trish    

He should of put that camera, where the sun don't shine. But, anger management classes are good.

1623 days ago
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Gladhe8her    

KOOKY REALLY IS PEE WEE HERMAN

1623 days ago
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CC    

Penn is an idiot. Ship his @ss to Venezuela and be done with it!

1623 days ago
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Joe    

Despite Penn hating America (the land of the free that he lives in) and loving all the other countries that hate America (in which he does not live in)... I hate to say it, but I think all charges should have been dropped. The paps should leave these stars alone. The paps basically provoke the stars by sticking cams in their faces 24/7 and most of the time asking them retarded questions. When the stars 'take the bait' and get fed up by the cams and do 'something', they end up having to apologize and paying penalties. Professional paps should have to stay away from celebs 24 hours a day. The stars should hire people to take pix of the paps and post their fat asses on a website.

1623 days ago
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gutsygirl    

Does his time holding hands with his girlfriend, Hugo Chavez, count?

1623 days ago
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Allen Ridak    

Making him stay 100 yards from the victim is no deterrent. He'll be belting all of them if that's his punishment

1623 days ago
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CinemaObsessed    

I feel for celebs when they're hunted like dogs and can't get any privacy, but then again - the career they chose requires them to be in the public eye.

1623 days ago
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dan    

i am waiting for someone to deck penn...that may cure him of his arrogance...these actors see to live charmed lives in their fantasy worlds.

1623 days ago
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Professor Obvious    

Sean Penn is a total tool. He has zero impulse control. He is extremely easy to bait but he always singles out the puniest among the paps for his violence, he knows that if he tried his little stunts on anybody bigger, he would get his clock cleaned.

1623 days ago
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