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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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Sandy2410    

hi

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Sandy2410    

hi

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prameela    

Ok

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prameela    

Test

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Samuel Braff    

Crazy!

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Samuel Braff    

What a loon!

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leelers    

It should be illegal for anyone to follow you around and invade your privacy the way the paparazzi does. If a stalker did this, he could get a restraining order but the paparazzi are immune to stalking charges and it's not fair, because they ARE stalkers! . There has to be a right to privacy, and a law to stop the endless non-authorized photographs in public, especially for monetary gain like the paparazzi is motivated by. Celebrities are people, leave them ALONE or get PERMISSION first, it's the only respectable thing to do, you crazy photographers and greedy media moguls.

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