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Penn Upset Son’s Ugly Rant Makes Paparazzo Look Good
In the wake of Sean Penn’s son, Hopper, screaming expletives at an African-American paparazzo — using both the f-word and the n-word in a rant that also questioned the man’s sexual preferences, I’ve learned the younger Penn’s dad was as angry with his son as he was with the photographer who was shooting the two men as they entered a Los Angeles medical office.
According to a source close to the two-time Oscar-winning actor, “Sean obviously is no stranger to run-ins with the press, paparazzi and even over-intrusive fans. … But what made him angry with Hopper was that when he called the paparazzo all those horrible names — using language that was totally inappropriate — it undercut the whole point of how those sleazy paparazzi make the lives of celebrities so uncomfortable.
“Now, Hopper has had to apologize — as he should — and all the focus is on his behavior and not that of the guy who was getting in his face taking those photos.”
Hopper Penn issued a statement to TMZ apologizing for his angry outburst. “I was accosted by paparazzi and made to feel like an animal — threatened and under attack, but that does not condone my own actions.
“I deeply regret my choice of words.”
Approached by nearby police officers, the photographer immediately said he had no intention of pressing any charges against the younger Penn.
His dad had completely ignored the photographers at the building — merely put down his head and went inside.
According to my source, he initially assumed his son would have followed suit.