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Arrest Warrant Issued For Sean Penn

April 25, 1987 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ An arrest warrant has been issued for Sean Penn for allegedly violating probation by punching a film extra during shooting of a movie in which the tough-guy actor plays a policeman, officials said.

Penn, 26, could receive up to six months in jail if he is found to have violated a year’s probation received in February for a nightclub brawl, said city attorney’s spokesman Mike Qualls.

The spokesman said Penn became enraged April 2 when Jeffrey Klein, an extra in the movie ″Colors,″ began taking photos of him and co-star Robert Duvall during a break in filming.

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″Mr. Penn swore at Mr. Klein, spat at him, Klein spat back, and Mr. Penn, with a closed fist, struck Mr. Klein several times and had to be restrained by several people,″ Qualls said.

Klein, 32, of Costa Mesa, was treated for cuts and bruises, Qualls said.

Lisa Kafteler, a publicist for Penn, said she was unaware of the warrant and had no knowledge of the alleged April 2 confrontation. There was no immediate response from the actor, she said.

The warrant issued Friday will be held until May 1 to give Penn an opportunity to surrender, Qualls said.

Earlier this year, Sean pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery stemming from a fight with a songwriter and was put on probation, fined $1,700 and ordered to perform 250 hours of community service.

David Wolinski had charged that Penn pushed him off a chair and kicked him at a nightclub in 1986 after accusing Wolinski of trying to kiss the actor’s wife, singer Madonna.

In ″Colors,″ Penn plays a police officer battling street gangs in Los Angeles.