Sean Penn Facing 18 Months in Prison for Kicking a Paparazzo

Sean Penn has been charged with battery and vandalism and could face 18 months in jail if found guilty. The charges stem from an Oct. 2, 2009 incident where Penn kicked a photographer outside the Brentwood Country Mart. TMZ reported on the incident at the time.

This isn’t the first time Penn faces jail time for an assault. The L.A. Times has a fun rundown of Penn’s fist-a-cuffs over the years.

The 49-year-old actor, who won best actor Oscars for “Milk” and “Mystic River,” was known in his younger days for his clashes with the paparazzi. In 1987, he was sentenced to 60 days in jail for punching a movie extra on the set of the police drama “Colors.” He was on probation at the time for punching a songwriter at a Silver Lake nightclub because he thought the man had kissed his wife, Madonna.

During the “Colors” incident, Penn pummeled the movie extra during a break in filming. In 1985, Penn received a suspended sentence after pleading no contest to charges he had attacked two British journalists who tried to photograph Madonna outside a Nashville hotel.