Sean Penn Pleads No Contest to Vandalism in Battery Case

A prosecution spokesman says Sean Penn has reached a plea deal in a case in which he was videotaped kicking a photographer.

Penn entered a no contest plea to vandalism through his attorney Wednesday morning. City attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan (Mah-tell-JIN') says Penn was sentenced to three years of informal probation and ordered to perform 300 hours of community service.

Mateljan says those hours can be completed through Penn's earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti.

Penn was charged in February with misdemeanor battery and vandalism for the October dustup.

The Oscar-winning actor did not appear in court.

His attorney, Richard Hirsch, said prolonging the case would have distracted from Penn's charitable work.

The deal was first reported by celebrity website