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Sean Penn cuts a deal over altercation with photographer

Haggis-penn-web Sean Penn pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor vandalism charge, L.A. Now reports, and was sentenced to three years' probation and 300 hours of community service related to an altercation with a photographer in October 2009.

The actor also must complete 36 hours of anger management counseling, TMZ says, and if Penn plays nicely with others while on probation, the vandalism charge will gently transform itself into a less-serious disturbing the peace conviction.

The community service hours can be fulfilled through Penn's future work -- no credit for what he's done so far, TMZ reports -- for his Haiti relief organization, which operates out of West Los Angeles. Payback for the guy's broken camera and medical bills -- Jordan Dawes was kicked in the knee -- is also involved, but still to be determined.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: In Port-au-Prince, Haiti, director-producer Paul Haggis, left, and Sean Penn visit a camp for displaced people managed by Penn's relief organization on April 12, 2010. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images for Artists for Peace and Justice.

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Christie D'Zurilla here from the blog -- FYI, no cussing in comments, and no slurs. If you're not seeing your comment go live, it's probably for one of those reasons.

//cdz

What a bunch of crap! 300 hours of community service, worldwide embarrassment, his personal freedoms curtailed for three plus years ... ! And for what?

Because some scum-sucking vandal celebrity-rapist decides to stick a camera in Penn's face in order to manufacture an "outrageous incident"?

And what charges were laid against the real criminal, this "Jordan Dawes" character? This non-lethal version of Mark Chapman? A would-be assassin-lite? He gets to "limp" around on his "injured knee" and bother even more people, threatening their personal safety by criminally invading their privacy! This is justice?

You would think that by now, in 2010, some 40 years after the Manson slaughter and 20 years after the Bardo-Schaeffer murder that the LAPD and LA County DA's office would figure out who the real criminals are!

Come on guys, start protecting the good guys! And the next time Sean Penn hard hoofs some Paparazzi mercenary parasite in his gonads, lock THEM up!

Matthew Robillard


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