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Sean Penn sentenced to probation for incident with photographer

http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2010-02/52333658.jpgSean Penn was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to perform 300 hours of community service after settling allegations involving a dispute with a photographer last year in Brentwood.

The L.A. city attorney brought vandalism charges against Penn over the incident, which was caught on tape.

Penn on Wednesday pleaded no contest.

The video shows a bearded Penn, dressed in a black shirt and dark pants, striding toward the photographer and kicking at him a few times while repeatedly shouting, "Get out." The photographer backs up as Penn kicks at him, the video shows.

Penn on several occasions has voiced his disgust at the paparazzi who follow Hollywood celebrities. The actor-director, who won best actor Oscars for "Milk" and "Mystic River," was known in his younger days for his clashes with paparazzi.

In 1987, he was sentenced to 60 days in jail for striking a movie extra who took photographs of him on the film set of the police drama "Colors." Penn punched the man in the face several times with a closed fist and had to be pulled off and restrained by members of the crew and cast, officials said.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times

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Vandalism charges for kicking somebody? What? That's called battery. I guess he plead down. Lucky this happened in LA where Sheriff Baca is friendly towards celebrities.

I can see where people get tired of them all up in their face ALL THE TIME !! Being in the public eye has it's limitations . Have they ever heard of personal space ? I'm a Freelance Photographer but I'd never stoop to pissing off celebs to "get the shot". I blame the publications for sending them out with a no matter what attitude , promising them big bucks for a certain shot.What Sean did is nothing compared to what I'd do if they got in my face .

That is exactally what this pompas, liberal bully gets! He thinks he is above the law!

Never cared for him personally, he's a good actor, about it. Someday he'll be old, I mean old and worthless and most likely, that's when all karma will come back on him.

We'll all watch and see...so figure when he's about 70 or 80 bad things will most likely catch up to his negative energy...can't wait for that drama to unfold!!!!

Too bad he didn't do more damage to the photographer. Paparazzi don't have souls so do they actually feel pain?

Penn is a bully.

I hope he clocks 'em next time.

As far as I am concerned... you want fame, fortune, and being the"envy" of all... you pay the price for it... that means being photographed by every tom, dick, and harry.\

By the way, if they never report on actors and actresses; I be very happy. Most of these people are not worth the attention, and offer our kids a bad role models.

man i love it how we intergect politics into EVERYTHING. yes lets bash his political offiliation LMAO. first off penn was out of line, its not like they dont have 5 million photographers constantly in thier face, let alone at a photo shoot or on set where thier are 15 studio camera's on them constantly, yes i know 1 more camera is going to the straw that broke the camera's back. secondly if a standard citizen would get jail time for attacking someone with a camera photographing them, then celebs who should be used to it need the same treatment. its not like he was having a private family picnic, that i could understand but on set or out in public? penn needs to stop snorting coke and get a reality check. thier are camera's EVERYWHERE at work, on peoples cellphones. seriously stopping camera photography is a little like trying to protest people net blogging about you.

if you dont like camera's in your face dont be a celebrity. thats why people become celebrities so they can get attention and have cameras in thier faces. stars that seem to want privacy at a snap of thier fingers seem to not be clued in. its one thing to protest people comming up to you in the privacy of your own home but everyones a target publicly with camera's, even when you go to a place where they have hidden work camera's your often on camera and dont even realize it.

believe me if you p off your fans and the public the public can easily forget about your a*. learn to handle situations gracefully and hire bodyguards for stuff like that lmao.some people deserve to get sued.

What an idiot - and Sean Penn can't act - In that movie "I am Sam" he was just playing himself (a mental idiot).

To Johnny...............

Not all people become celebs so they can get all this attention so when they do attract it, it's completely unsolicited and unasked for. Hence, Sean Penn had reason to get riled up over this though he may have very well gone to an extreme to express his indignation. Maybe someday these "stalkerazzi" will finally leave the celebs alone........of course that'll require that the masses stop being so fascinated by this whole notion of celeb fame.


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