Pros­e­cu­tors charge Sean Penn with kick­ing pho­tog­ra­pher in Los An­ge­les

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LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — Ac­tor-di­rec­tor Sean Penn was charged Fri­day with bat­tery and van­dal­ism charges stem­ming from an al­ter­ca­tion with a pho­tog­ra­pher in Brent­wood last fall.

Penn will be ar­raigned March 22 on the two mis­de­meanour charges, said Los An­ge­les city at­tor­ney’s spokesman Frank Matel­jan.

A phone mes­sage for Penn’s at­tor­ney, Barry Hirsch, was not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

Penn will not be re­quired to ap­pear in court if he is rep­re­sented by an at­tor­ney.

Matel­jan said Penn kicked a pho­tog­ra­pher dur­ing a dustup in Oc­to­ber. The pho­tog­ra­pher’s cam­era also was dam­aged. The inci- dent was cap­tured on a video posted by celebrity web­site TMZ.com in which Penn is seen kick­ing at a pho­tog­ra­pher and re­peat­edly telling the pho­tog­ra­pher to “get out.”

If con­victed, Penn could face up to 18 months in jail.

Penn is the lat­est ac­tor charged in Los An­ge­les for al­ter­ca­tions with the pa­parazzi. Charges against rap­per Kanye West and ac­tor Ger­ard But­ler were re­cently dis­missed af­ter both men com­pleted com­mu­nity ser­vice af­ter scuf­fles with celebrity pho­tog­ra­phers.

West, who was charged af­ter break­ing a pho­tog­ra­pher’s flash at Los An­ge­les In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Septem­ber 2008, also paid for the bro­ken equip­ment.

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