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Sean Penn pleads no contest to vandalism

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sean Penn pleaded no contest to vandalism Wednesday after an incident where he was videotaped kicking a photographer outside the Brentwood Country Mart in 2009.

Penn did not appear in court and entered his plea through his attorney. He was sentenced to three years of informal probation and ordered to perform 300 hours of community service, according to a city attorney spokesman.

The spokesman said those hours could be completed through Penn's earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti. He has made a major humanitarian push in Haiti since the country was devastated by an earthquake in January, co-founding the Jenkins-Penn Haiti Relief Organization.

Penn was also ordered to undergo 36 hours of anger management counseling.

A restitution hearing for the photographer, Jordan Dawes, will be held July 8. Dawes has sued Penn in civil court. In Wednesday's ruling, Penn was ordered to stay 100 yards away from the photographer.

Though Penn has had run-ins with photographers and the law in the past, most of those cases were in the 1980s and he has avoided incidents in recent years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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