Sean Penn's son handled a paparazzo in Beverly Hills today much the way his father used to ... violently ramming the photog -- and also calling the guy a "f***ot" and a "n***er."
19-year-old Hopper Penn
was following his dad into a medical building when he got into the
altercation with an African-American photographer (not TMZ's).
nuclear exchange was all caught on tape ... Hopper gets up in the
photog's face, pushing him, then says, "F*** you ... you're a f***ing
f***ot ... shut up you f***ing n***er."
Cops happened to be
nearby at the time and heard the commotion. Law enforcement sources tell
us, officers asked what happened ... but the photog said it was just a
verbal argument, and he didn't want to press charges.
Hopper tells TMZ his side of the story is ... “I
was accosted by paparazzi and made to feel like an animal - threatened
and under attack, but that does not condone my own actions."
He adds, "I deeply regret my choice of words.”