Penn in Court for 2009 Photog Scuffle

By Lorel Kane
|  Friday, Feb 19, 2010  |  Updated 4:39 PM EDT
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Best Actor winner Sean Penn poses with his trophy at the 81st Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California on February 22, 2009. AFP PHOTO Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of battery and vandalism stemming from a run-in with a photographer outside the Brentwood Country Mart on October 12, 2009.

According to the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, Penn allegedly kicked the paparozzo during an the altercation in which the photographer's camera lens was also damaged.

Penn is expected to be arraigned March 22 at the Airport Branch Courthouse. If his case goes to trial and there's a conviction, Penn could face up to 18 months in county jail.

While Penn may be known for his hot temper -- he's also known for his humanitarian efforts. After returning from Haiti where he was involved in helping in the earthquake relief effort with politician John Edwards, Penn and philanthropist Diana Jenkins set up the Jenkins-Penn Haitian Relief Organization to raise money for continued aid to victims of the earthquake's devastation.  During a recent appearance on "Larry King Live" Penn said he is planning a return trip to Haiti to help relocate people before the rainy season begins.

 


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