The Milk star pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour charge of vandalism after a run-in with photographer Jordan Dawes in 2009, and the snapper's lawsuit against the Oscar-winner was settled out of court last month (Mar11).
Dawes has now promised to donate all the money he won from the settlement to charity - including relief efforts in the Carribean nation where Penn has been working tirelessly to help those affected by the 2010 tremor.
Legal documents, obtained by TMZ.com, read, "All of the net proceeds of the settlement will be donated to charities that support victims of domestic violence and victims of the earthquake in Haiti."
It is not known how much Dawes received in the agreement.
The Milk actor was charged with battery and misdemeanour vandalism after a violent run-in with photographer Jordan Dawes in 2009.
Penn, who was videotaped kicking the snapper, pleaded no contest last May (10) and agreed to perform 300 hours of community service, undergo anger management classes, and serve 36 months of probation as part of a plea deal.
The Oscar winning star and the photographer, who reportedly suffered a severe knee injury after the attack, signed documents settling the civil suit out of court on Monday (28Mar11), reports TMZ.com.
The terms of the agreement are not known.
Penn was charged with battery and misdemeanour vandalism after a violent run-in with photographer Jordan Dawes last October (09). The actor was videotaped kicking the paparazzo.
On Wednesday (21May10), the Oscar winner pleaded no contest to one count of vandalism and has agreed to undergo 36 hours of anger management classes.
He'll also serve 36 months of probation and perform 300 hours of community service as part of the deal. His lawyer reveals Penn can complete his community service by continuing his charity efforts in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
If Penn successfully completes his probation, his vandalism conviction will turn into a lesser offence of disturbing the peace.
Under the terms of the deal, Penn must also stay at least 100 yards away from Dawes.
A restitution hearing over the photographer's camera and medical bills is set for 8 July (10).
Penn still faces a civil suit from Dawes, who claims he was seriously injured in the incident.
The actor's lawyer, Richard Hirsch, says, "Prolonging this matter in the court system would not have been in Mr. Penn’s best interests and would have distracted from his charitable commitments, specifically his work in Haiti. Accordingly he has decided to accept the terms and move on."
The actor has already been charged with two misdemeanour counts of criminal battery and vandalism after reportedly kicking photographer Jordan Dawes and damaging his camera in a bust-up in California.
Dawes claims he suffered serious injuries after Penn started "kicking and punching" him, leaving him in need of surgery on his knee.
According to legal papers filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Dawes accuses Penn of breaking his camera before threatening his life by sneering, "The next time I see you, you will be in a box."
Dawes is seeking compensation for the alleged attack.
Penn's criminal case is still pending, reports TMZ.com.
The Oscar-winner was charged with two misdemeanour counts of criminal battery and vandalism on Friday (19Feb10) following the violent clash with the snapper in California last October (09).
A lawyer for the photographer - previously named as Jordan Dawes - tells TMZ.com that his client suffered serious injuries in the scuffle and had to undergo surgery to repair his knee.
The actor will be arraigned at Los Angeles County Superior Court on 22 March (10) and faces 18 months behind bars if convicted.
Jordan Dawes filed a battery report against Penn in October (09) after he reportedly kicked the photographer at the Brentwood Country Mart in California, reports EOnline.com.
But prosecutors working for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office decided on Monday (09Nov09) the Milk star's actions didn't constitute a felony.
The matter has now been passed on to authorities at the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office who will decide whether Penn should face misdemeanour charges.
Jordan Dawes filed a police report against the Milk star, who reportedly kicked the cameraman after heading out for a meal in Brentwood, California.
Now the Hollywood snapper is seeking to launch a legal battle, pressing charges against the actor for battery over claims he suffered multiple bruises and cuts in the altercation.
Bosses at Flynet Pictures, who employ Dawes, allege he did nothing to offend the star, insisting Penn "emerged from his truck and walked over 50 feet towards the photog and kicked and punched him without provocation".
They add, "Penn also berated the photog with obscenities and shouted that he would 'put you in a box' to the photog before going back to his house."
February 18, 2003 10:38am EST
At the tender age of 12 Matt Murdock (Ben Affleck) was splashed in the eyes with radioactive waste and lost his sight--but his other four senses developed with superhuman sharpness. He grew up to become a bleeding-heart lawyer running a law practice with his best friend Foggy Nelson (Jon Favreau) and chasing beautiful women including the bright and fearless Elektra Natchios (Jennifer Garner). By night he is the masked vigilante Daredevil using his incredible senses and abilities to defend the downtrodden in New York City's Hell's Kitchen. Daredevil the movie stays true to all the elements that are pervasive in the Marvel Universe: drama love action violence revenge a spiteful police department and best of all the probing reporter on a quest for the truth. Here moviegoers will become familiar with events that become catalysts in Daredevil's crime-fighting career including the death of his father (David Keith) at the hands of the mob and the victimization of those close to him. The villainous underworld figure Wilson Fisk a.k.a. Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan) and his hired hand the psychotic killer Bullseye (Colin Farrell) are also introduced as Daredevil's foes--and the battle between good and evil is born in this gritty urban borough.
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The decision to place Mark Steven Johnson at the helm of Daredevil was a little surprising. His 1998 directorial debut Simon Birch and his screenwriting credits Grumpy Old Men and the astoundingly bad Jack Frost hardly seemed on a par with an action adventure feature like this. The fact that Johnson hasn't worked extensively with digital effects becomes apparent in some of the film's action sequences that include a CGI Daredevil running upside walls and taking giant leaps from rooftop to rooftop. The completely animated version of Daredevil doesn't behave naturally and lacks details such as muscles texture highlights and shadows. But Daredevil didn't have a huge budget (compared to Spider-Man at least) and what it lacked in f/x it made up for with a gripping and gritty story line. Daredevil's mission is to rid Hell's Kitchen--not the universe--of as much crime as he can and his vendettas are personal--and grotesquely violent. More importantly Johnson's screenplay stays true to the comic book characters and their attributes. Fans of the comic book will appreciate his truthful touches such Bullseye's maniacal talents which include being able to turn a paperclip into a deadly weapon and Kingpin's ritualistic removal of his blazer before pounding the snot out of adversaries.