Paparazzo Milks Alleged Penn Beat-Down: "It's Horrifying"

Freelance celebrity photographer Jordan Dawes spoke exclusively to E! News about the battery report he filed against the Oscar winner and details of the alleged scuffle

By Brandi Fowler, Lindsay Miller Oct 04, 2009 11:11 PMTags
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The paparazzo in the alleged Sean Penn scuffle is not taking his supposed altercation with the actor lying down. 

Photographer and self-proclaimed documentarian Jordan Dawes spoke to E! News exclusively about his alleged beat-down Friday afternoon, for which he filed a police report against the Oscar winner. 

According to Dawes, he and four other photographers and videographers were waiting at the Brentwood Country Mart for the Milk star that afternoon. When Penn got out of his car, the photog started snapping pictures of the actor from his vehicle, which he claims was parked about 50 feet away from Penn. 

When Dawes got out of his car and started taking photos of Penn, that's when Penn approached him, the photog said. 

"He beelined it for me and started kicking me in the legs," Dawes said. "As I was backing away, I was still shooting. Then he got me to the other side of the street and punched me in the arm and in my camera."

According to the shutterbug, the 49-year-old star threatened to "put him in a box" and told him he would remember his face. 

"My camera was damaged," Dawes said. "I'm all bruised up…I empathize with the photographers now, I really do. It's horrifying." 

The paparazzo said he turned in photos taken during the alleged attack to authorities, but hasn't decided whether to take civil action against Penn.

E! News has confirmed that a police report was filed in the incident.

"We can confirm that a battery report involving a member of the paparazzi was taken on Friday the 2nd at about 1:15 p.m. in the 300 block of Mesa Drive, but we are not confirming the names in the complaint," Officer Karen Rayner of LAPD Media Relations said.

A rep for Penn has not yet responded to E!'s request for comment. 


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