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Sean Penn Charged In Clash With Paparazzo

Sean Penn never met a camera he didn't like ... to smash. The notoriously paparazzi-unfriendly star was charged Friday with misdemeanor battery and vandalism stemming from a run in with a photog at Brentwood Country Mart in October.

Penn allegedly kicked the shooter outside the store in Brentwood. The City Attorney's office brought the charges after the District Attorney's office declined to file because the alleged actor-on-paparazzo violence didn't "rise to the level of a felony," D.A.'s spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said.

If convicted on the charges Penn could see as much as 18 months behind bars. In the mid-1980s the actor served 33 days for assaulting a paparazzo.

-With reporting from Weekly wire services. Got news? Email us.