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Sean Penn dodges 18-month jail sentence after completing anger management classes following attack on photographer

Sean Penn has officially graduated from anger management school after completing 36 hours of classes he was ordered to take for attacking a photographer three years ago.

The 51-year-old star was accused of breaking the photographer's camera and even trying to kick the man during a scuffle on the streets of Los Angeles in 2009.

A year later, Penn pleaded 'no contest' to vandalism in the criminal battery case, however, the battery charges were eventually dismissed as part of a plea deal.

The actor was given three years of probation and sentenced to the anger management classes.

His lawyer has appeared in court claiming the star, who will remain on probation until May 2013, has learned a lesson and will now keep his cool.

Penn, who won best actor Oscars for his roles in Mystic River and the 2008 movie Milk, faced up to 18 months behind bars if he had been convicted at trial.

It wasn't the first time father-of-two Penn had problems with the law.

Humanitarian: Penn co-hosted the Haiti Carnaval In Cannes benefit on May 18, in Cannes, France

He was sentenced to 60 days jail time in 1987 after attacking an extra on the set of his film Colors. He only served half his sentence.

At the time, he was on probation after punching a songwriter at a Los Angeles nightclub.

Despite his various brushes with the law, Penn is also known for his humanitarian work.

He has worked tirelessly to help the people of Haiti after a massive earthquake struck the country in 2010, killing 230,000 people and leaving more than one million homeless.

This past May he co-hosted a black-tie fundraiser at the Cannes Film Festival to benefit victims of the earthquake.

The glitzy event called Haiti: Carnival in Cannes helped raised money for Penn's J/P Haitian Relief Organization.

Video of assault incident.

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