(LOS ANGELES) — A nasty verbal exchange between Sean Penn’s son and a photographer has been caught on video.
TMZ has posted a video of 19-year-old Hopper Penn entering a medical building with his famous father and getting into an altercation with an African-American paparazzo. The younger Penn reportedly pushed the photographer. He can be heard on the video cursing out the photographer and using the “N” word.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ police officers near the scene heard the commotion and investigated the incident. Police say the photographer said it was a verbal argument and he didn’t want to press charges.
Hopper Penn later told TMZ, “I was accosted by paparazzi and made to feel like an animal — threatened and under attack, but that does not condone my own actions.”
The actor’s son added, “I deeply regret my choice of words.”
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