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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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31.

soulofanangel    

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He only got angry when he looked up the word "HAS-BEEN" and found SEAN PENN as the example.
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956 days ago
32.

Calonzap    

His anger issued may be under control but his "ugly" issues certainly aren't. They seem to be running free, totally unfettered.

956 days ago
33.

A viewer    

Hey, if someone was blocking me as I was trying to get to my car and wouldn't back off when asked, I'd probably do more than Sean did, and I'm a female I think because he's had brushes with the cops before he's being used as a scapegoat. The photog is a cry-baby instigator- it comes with the job, he should suck it up. BTW I'm not a fan of Penn - spoiled, egotistical.

956 days ago
34.

JAN    

allegedly battering a photographer in L.A. OR allegedly battering a low life paparazzi?? MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE!

956 days ago
35.

buzz kill    

What a creep,send him one way to Venuzuala or Cuba and be done with it.

956 days ago
36.

Yam Yam    

This clown has been attacking photographers since the early 80's. Almost 30 years of this crap and he's still getting away with assaulting people, being a repeat felony offender and having the charges dismissed with a pat on the wrist.

Must be nice to be above the law.

956 days ago
37.

nyc44th    

I don't blame him one bit. Some people simply had a calling to be an actor NOT a 'celebrity'! To me these low life photographers are s***b*gs.

956 days ago
38.

mary    

Here you again you crazy disrespectful Paps, geeze leave people alone! I wish they would take your cameras and shove them down your throat. unlike the kardashians who are addicted to having thier pictures taken, others are not, you follow them around like a dog in heat, you allow them no privacy at all. You are the major cause of accidents and arguments. Why can you not stay out of their faces? They bring entertainment into the world and you destroy their lives by filming and taking photos of them. They pay alot of money trying to shield themselves or hide, but no you have to lurk in the dark, hide behind bushes, I am just sick at what you all can get away with. I so hope they inact a law to allow privacy for them.

956 days ago
39.

KnuckleDragger    

You push somebody's buttons...you get what you get. Everybody has a temper.

956 days ago
40.

joe    

THIS GUY IS A ROLLS ROYCE DRIVIN COMIE, ALL 5'6" OF HIM,HE KNOWS THE PAPP WON'T ATTACK, PENN BEING A RICH COMUNIST WITH MONEY TO BURN ON LAWYERS.

956 days ago
41.

nof    

How can anyone ...


- In their right MIND(S) -


! BLAME Sean Penn ...


- When these jerks FOLLOW HIM HOME.


-WAIT for him outside of his DRIVEWAY.


CHASE Sean and down the street!


DO THEIR BEST to LURE Sean Penn into a PROVOCATION?!!!


Then SUE HIM for cash money pay-outs?!


...How is that COOL?


I say put a BOUNTY on the Paps -


- 100 bucks apiece.


Fifty MORE than any of them are WURF?!

956 days ago
42.

Apple-Pie    

I worked with him for 2 weks and he did not once have a temper in haiti.

He did when we flew back to the states and paparazzis were all over him, like 2 cm from his face,

no **** folks.

dont believe everything these site are telling you.

955 days ago
43.

moso    

TEAM SEAN!!!!
Those photographers are looking for trouble and when they get it they go cry to the police and press charges. One thing is taking pictures from far away but when they stick the camera in the celebrities faces then all bets are off. TMZ reporters probably go cry to Harvey when someone is MEAN to them!!!

955 days ago
44.

buzz kill    

Tie him up like a stffed turkey.

955 days ago
45.

Mahesh Kumar    

Hde

955 days ago
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