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Sean Penn

Armed Sheriff's Escort

... to Leave Dinner

1/7/2014 9:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The Mission: Safely escort Sean Penn from the door at Craig's restaurant to his car (10 paces away) without a violent incident.

The Manpower: Three armed L.A. County Sheriff Deputies.

The Issue at Hand: Sean's a loose cannon and Craig's is surrounded by paparazzi. Sean doesn't take kindly to paparazzi. In fact, he likes to attack them.

So, was Sean able to walk 10 steps to his car -- with an armed escort -- without incident?

Watch the clip ...

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8:01 AM PT -- The L.A. Sheriff's Dept. tells TMZ ... deputies responded to a call from Craig's around 11:08 PM, when restaurant staff reported a disturbance on the property.

We're told restaurant staffers explained that paparazzi were blocking the entrance way, preventing patrons from entering or exiting the restaurant ... so deputies came and cleared a path.

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16.

Seriously?!?    

I would imagine that to be a pap you must not have a conscious. Who could make a living getting into someone's face everyday, invading their personal space a privacy all while trying to provoke a reaction.

297 days ago
17.

Faye    

California needs to pass some laws that limit what these photographers can do and how close they can get to people. It has gotten absurdly out of hand. I'm no fan of Sean Penn but I don't blame him when these idiots stick a camera in his face.

297 days ago
18.

Susan    

What a nothing, little man.

297 days ago
19.

Dead@27    

Whah-Ahlright, Hamilton !

297 days ago
20.

Sargio    

But TMZ wasn't there right?

297 days ago
21.

dorothy    

Are they there to protect him or those around him from his anger?

297 days ago
22.

Zambonie    

Why can't penn go to north korea?
And stay there

297 days ago
23.

boo boo    

This is a lie. Paps don't block the path until the celeb is walking. Then it's a feeding frenzy. Sean, eat at a place where paps don't hang out! Pay a bodyguard YOURSELF instead of making ME pay for your "protection".

297 days ago
24.

namers    

And THAT's the reason Sherriff Lee Baca is retiring!

297 days ago
25.

boo boo    

Also, if the mission was to clear a path for patrons to enter/exit, why are the cops ONLY escorting Sean Penn? No one else wanted to eat at Craig's?

297 days ago
26.

woolly -Bear    

Judging from the lack of hair on Sean's left side, i'd say he's going bald. Probably why he's pissed off all the time..

297 days ago
27.

CelebJustice    

Shouldn't that read, Sean's a "Douche Cannon?"

297 days ago
28.

Glenda     

How many missed calls were there to escort this man with anger management issues to his car. His life was not in-danger but someone else's might have been while they were there , Shame on them.

297 days ago
29.

Mark Alcock    

TMZ , give me a brake. All Sheriff's are armed. You guy's are turning into trash reporters. Harvey please get rid of your young stupid reporters and go back to the quality reporting that made TMZ great.

297 days ago
30.

Cookie35    

Now I see why when my alarm went off in my house no cops came for two hours!!!! They were busy escorting this clown!!!

297 days ago
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