June 28, 2016  

Sean Penn Gets Community Service and Anger Management Class

May 13, 2010 (7:05 am) GMT
Pleading no contest to the 2009 case where he was videotaped kicking a photographer, the actor is told to keep working on his effort to help Haiti among other things.

Movie star has pleaded no contest to a vandalism charge as part of a deal with Los Angeles City officials to end an assault case against him. Penn was charged with battery and misdemeanor vandalism after a violent run-in with photographer Jordan Dawes last October. The actor was videotaped kicking the paparazzo.

On Wednesday, May 12, the Oscar winner pleaded no contest to one count of vandalism and has agreed to undergo 36 hours of anger management classes. He'll also serve 36 months of probation and perform 300 hours of community service as part of the deal. His lawyer reveals Penn can complete his community service by continuing his charity efforts in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

If Penn successfully completes his probation, his vandalism conviction will turn into a lesser offense of disturbing the peace. Under the terms of the deal, Penn must also stay at least 100 yards away from Dawes. A restitution hearing over the photographer's camera and medical bills is set for July 8.

Penn still faces a civil suit from Dawes, who claims he was seriously injured in the incident. The actor's lawyer, Richard Hirsch, says, "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, specifically his work in Haiti. Accordingly he has decided to accept the terms and move on."

More Sean Penn News

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Nicolas Cage Spotted Kissing Mystery Woman After Splitting From His Wife
  2. Video Premiere: Blake Shelton's 'She's Got a Way With Words'
  3. DC Superheroes Line Up for Duty in New 'Justice League' Concept Art
  4. Jay Leno Survives a Terrifying Accident While Filming His Car Show
  5. Kylie Jenner Wears Tyga's Sweatshirt Amid Reconciliation Rumors
  6. Jon Bon Jovi Meets Cancer Patient, Gives Her Guitar, Plays His New Songs
  7. Diane Kruger Called a 'B***h' for Speaking Up About Gender Inequality in Hollywood
  8. Lady GaGa Sparks Outrage From Her Chinese Fans After Meeting Dalai Lama