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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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serafina    

He's a ****.

930 days ago
17.

serafina    

He's a *****

930 days ago
18.

rsmik    

He gets angry every time he looks in the mirror

930 days ago
19.

PatinNJ    

This guy Penn is not only uneducated, he is stupid.

930 days ago
20.

Vernon P. Alarcon    

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hahahahaha....yeah, right!
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this angry boi (most remembered for his performances as Sam Dawson in "I am Sam" and Jack in "Simple Jack") is just a hollyweird punk that keeps looking for someone to kick his @ss really good. Why does he continue wanting to be spanked? Has he been a BAD boy?
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now to Harvey - he's a lawyer!
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TMZ - more commercials / less substance ... or your mattress with bedbugs is FREE.............

930 days ago
21.

ohyesidid    

It is not just the paps in his face. He is an angry little man who beats up women and who bullies people until they stand up to him, then he slinks away...I used to like him a LONG time ago, then I started meeting people who are/were in his inner circle, and he is a PoS. He beat the **** out of M****** and considered fighting for some of her fortune until her attorney walked in and threw photos of his handiwork on the table. He sang a different tune then. Different time, different person, he was insanely jealous because a friend (mine) dated one of his wives before they met and he couldn't deal with it. Thought he was going to use a pool cue at a party once to show his displeasure, until he got schooled real quick that THAT was not a good idea. Yeah, big bad dude right there. Jerk off. He's not trying, and he's not making progress, it's all lip service.

930 days ago
22.

ITUS    

that is not anger issues. YOU HAVE PEOPLE FOLLOW U AND SEE HOW MAD YOU GET!

930 days ago
23.

shadough    

I'm still trying to figure out why anyone would want to take his picture.

930 days ago
24.

Joseph    

Another spoiled celeb (********). We're all so sorry he's famous & rich. The photographer is just doing his job.

930 days ago
25.

Poor, poor Mindy ...    

If this ugly, scrawny ****waffle were deported the country would improve immediately. I would LOVE to someday hear that he picked on the wrong cowboy and got major-league messed up. If and when? Photos PLEASE!!!!!

930 days ago
26.

V-4-Vendetta    

He used to get into fits of rage and attack photographers back when he dated Madonna in the late 80's. There is a long standing pattern of behavior. His ego could use a prison sentence or a multi-million dollar fine. Call it a douchebag 1%er tax.

930 days ago
27.

efbeenie    

Washed up and worthless!

930 days ago
28.

Ben    

"Sean Penn is figuring out why he sometimes flies into rages "

I could have saved him the money. It's because he is a dumb a$$. Just like Obama without the teleprompter, you don't put a script in Penn's hand then it hard for him to speak a coherent sentence.

930 days ago
29.

Phreaky    

He couldn't attend because he was too busy pretending he is in Haiti, which in actuality, he only goes to Haiti when the cameras show up. The rest of the time he is off to Ireland or some yacht in the Mediterranean getting drunk with Bono, or in Mexico banging some Scarlet Johansen-a-like.

930 days ago
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Mick Kahler    

Someday, some photographer is going to put down his camera and open up a can of whup-ass on Penn. And I hope some other camera guy gets it all on tape!

930 days ago
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