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Sean Penn

Anger Issues Under Control

1/10/2012 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Sean Penn
Sean Penn is figuring out why he sometimes flies into rages ... this according to a sealed letter submitted to the judge in his criminal battery case.

Penn had a progress hearing today in the case -- he pled no contest in 2010 to vandalism after allegedly battering a photographer in L.A. The battery charges were dismissed as part of the plea. In addition to probation, Penn was required to attend 36 hours of anger management classes.

Penn was not there.  His lawyer, Richard Hirsch, showed up and told TMZ ... Penn's counselor gave him high marks.  Hirsch says Penn has attended 1/3 of the classes, but the counselor says the actor has made great progress.

TMZ shot footage of Sean's violent confrontation with the photog back in 2009 (below) -- check it out.

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oldgeez    

"Hirsch says Penn has attended 1/3 of the classes".

So, he was sentenced to 36 hours in 2010, and in the whole of 2011 he completed 12 hours. Sounds like he doesn't think he needs the sessions.

Wonder if the judge will give him the "Lindsey Lohan" treatment and sentence him to community service at the morgue. Probably not.

829 days ago
2.

Quinn    

That guy is such a douche. And his anger issues will never be under control. One would think with that much money he could afford to get the pole removed from his anus.

829 days ago
3.

Frank    

He's made because he has a small pee-pee.

829 days ago
4.

anita ekberg    

He seems like a nice boy if I were`nt in this nurseing home I`d give him a run for his money

829 days ago
5.

Shane D.    

I DONT BLAME HIM!

Yes, the paps make the celebs famous, but the effin paps don't know when the F to stop, and a lot of them say douchey things to celebs to stir up the celebs. Nasty!

829 days ago
6.

ManiacalZebra    

How do you only attend 12 hours of classes in 19 months and call it "great progress"?

829 days ago
7.

Charlie Sheen's Watch    

Next time drive through an alley in LA - see if the photogs will follow you in there. Doubt it.

829 days ago
8.

janet    

Lohan got 'high marks' also. Oops, Sean Penn has actual talent. Sean Penn never liked pap cameras in his face. That's nonhing new. Lindsay Lohan speed dials tmz for any photo she can get.

829 days ago
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INTERNET T0UGH GUY    

That's not how Spicoli Would have handled it.

829 days ago
10.

Claus    

Yes, he's a douche BUT the reason he loses his temper has to do with getting a camera shoved in your face. Anger management is a huge scam. Check Penn & Teller's Bull**** episode on this very topic.

829 days ago
11.

croc    

he is a small angry man,but notice how calm he is while visiting hugo chavez? he hates everything that the .usa. stands for.
instead of gettin a stroke over evrything, why doesnt he just leave this country and go to another? movie stars always get hounded, he should be used to that by now.kinda feel sorry for this ego small minded man.

829 days ago
12.

TMZ_Admin    

Through his lawyer, Sean Penn told the judge:

"All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I'm fine."

829 days ago
13.

Canadasux    

....Hopefully Penn's anger-management progress isn't only Oscar worthy. Just sayin'.

829 days ago
14.

Seldombinlaid    

Camera man should have whooped his azz.

829 days ago
15.

val    

All crap .. Look how he treatd his classy wife, mother of his two children ..said as he was screwing other women how he couldn't even remember her at all very few months after they split and her heart was bleeding. THIS GUY IS A THUG AND AN UGLY FREAK AT THAT WITH A BIG MOUTH THAT'S ONLY TRYING TO APPEASE THE COURT. S*** COMES IN ALL COLORS AND HIS CHARITY IS ONLY TO COVERUP HIS CRIMES.

829 days ago
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