Sean Penn Charged With Battery & Vandalism

Two-time Academy Award winner Sean Penn was officially charged Friday with criminal battery and vandalism in connection with an altercation with paparazzi, has learned.

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According to police, the Milk star kicked a photographer and tried to break his camera on October 12th, 2009 in Brentwood, California.

Both of the counts are misdemeanors, and if convicted, Penn could go to jail for one-and a-half  years.

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The next step is for the courts to set a date for Penn to be arraigned. At that time, Penn or his  attorney will enter a plea on his behalf.

At this time, Penn is not in custody.

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