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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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46.

Lulu    

Penn is an Ass. can't understand why ScarJo would dump Ryan and date this douche

955 days ago
47.

Fan    

Hmmm, let's think. Sean Penn... Sean Penn... The name sounds familiar...


Oh Yeah! I remember! He was douhebag patient zero. The original.

955 days ago
48.

Debbie Alexander    

Sean Penn---Hugo Chavez....

955 days ago
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Different Rules Apply    

I don't know Sean Penn personally, however, I am a fan of his work. One must reach a point of enough is enough with these idiots following them around while they try to live their personal lives. You don't know what was going on in Sean's life when this happened. I, for one, have a short fuse if I am grieving or under other kinds of stress (no more room/tolerance for idiocy). He is telling this guy to leave him alone ~ which is a right we all share. Just my thoughts. The Paps are obnoxious.

955 days ago
50.

Jim    

Sean Penn and his daddy are communists. His daddy was black listed for being a communist and thats why sean is so angery at everyone. Piss on the little hobbit, he likes Hugo Shaveze so much go down there and live, you anti american pecker wood.

955 days ago
51.

Jim    

sean penn is a communist pig and so is his ole unemployed dead dad.

955 days ago
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Jim    

Sean Penn's father supported the Hollywood trade unions[3] and refused to accuse others to the House Un-American Activities Committee. He was black-listed, and Paramount refused to renew his contract. As a result Penn was not able to work as a movie actor.[4] He found acting work in television, but CBS ousted him after receiving an anonymous accusation that he had addressed a political meeting.[5] Barred from acting in film or TV, he became a director

955 days ago
53.

Jim    

Penn is munchkin, he is just lucky these people don't fight back. Of course he was such an ass that madonna left him.

955 days ago
54.

SAM    

HE'S A WASHED UP PIECE OF **** TRAITOR!!!

955 days ago
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prameela    

Hi

954 days ago
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prameela    

Hi

954 days ago
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prameela    

hi

954 days ago
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prameela    

Hi

954 days ago
59.

Sandy2410    

awesome

949 days ago
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Sandy2410    

hi

948 days ago
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