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Penn to pay his penance

Sean Penn has been ordered to undertake anger management counseling

Sean Penn has been ordered to undertake anger management counseling, femalefirst.co.uk reports.
The 49-year-old actor was not in court Wednesday to hear a judge rule he must undergo 36 hours of therapy, perform 300 hours of community service and be placed on probation for three years after he pleaded no contest to vandalism following a spat with a photographer last year. The actor has been permitted to complete his community service working for his Haiti charity.
His lawyer, Richard Hirsch, said: “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.”
The actor had originally been charged with misdemeanour battery and vandalism, which could have led to an 18-month jail term, but agreed a plea bargain, which saw the charges dropped to misdemeanour vandalism.

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