Sean Penn Charged with Battery, Vandalism

February 19, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn has been charged with misdemeanor battery and vandalism after a run-in with a photographer outside the Brentwood Country Mart.The incident happened on Oct. 2. The actor had picked up some food and on his way out got into a confrontation with a photographer.

Penn is accused of kicking and hitting the man several times, as well as damaging his camera.

Penn is expected to be arraigned March 22. He faces up to 18 months in jail if convicted, according to the City Attorney's Office.