Sean Penn Pleads Guilty to Vandalism Vs Photographer

Two-time Oscar winner Sean Penn is entering anger management counseling as part of his punishment for kicking a photographer and destroying his camera. Penn pleaded no contest to one count of vandalism and was sentenced to 300 hours of community service and 36 hours of anger management counseling.

Penn was videotaped back in October kicking photographer Jordan Dawes. He was charged with misdemeanor battery and vandalism in February this year. He would have faced up to 18 months in jail had he been found guilty of the charges.

Penn’s attorney, Richard Hirsch, said the settlement was for the best interest of his client. “Prolonging this matter in the court system would not have been in Mr. Penn’s best interests and would have distracted from his charitable commitments.” Penn expects to complete his community service through his work in Haiti, where he is helping people affected by a devastating earthquake that hit the country earlier this year.

Penn had several altercations with paparazzi in the 1980s but had been relatively trouble free in recent years prior to the recent incident.