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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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TexasDey    

Ever wonder how it is some, more famous people even, manage to go out to eat. Manage to live fairly normal lives despite their celebrity. Yet some celebrities are almost always being photographed. How is it the paps know exactly what time and what restaurant they'll be eating at?

It's been suggested that they are tipped off by either the celeb themselves or someone in their camp. Why? In a word publicity. Want to maintain your tough guy persona? Altercations with paps will help. To even suggest that the paps spend all their time following these people around is absurd. There are just too many really good actors who lead drama free lives not to be suspicious.

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