February 6, 2006

Sean Penn Scuffles with Paparazzi at Brother's Funeral

(AXcess News) Reno, NV - Actor Sean Penn, 45, became irate with a paparrazi at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, Calif. yesterday during the funeral of his actor brother, Chris Penn.

Apparently the photographer got too close for comfort for Sean when the actor became irate, attacking the paparazzi along with actor Mark Ruffalo, who snatched the memory card from the photographer's camera.

Many friends who turned out for Chris Penn's funeral shared their displeasure over the photographer's intrusion into a private family funeral.

"It was private property, it's a gated cemetery. That guy didn't belong there," said a friend. "It's disgusting that Sean couldn't bury his brother in peace."

Chris Penn was discovered lying in his bed January 24 by a housekeeper who called police. No cause of death has been determined. Foul play and suicide have been ruled out.

In 1987, Sean Penn was jailed for 32 days for assaulting a photographer while married to Madonna. Sean is now married to actress Robin Wright Penn.

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