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Sean Penn has completed the anger management classes he was ordered to take following a showdown with a photographer in 2009.

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The "Mystic River" star pleaded no contest to vandalism after clashing with a paparazzo and, as a result, a charge of battery was dismissed -- but in addition to probation, Penn was ordered to attend 36 hours of classes.

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He was given top marks for his progress during a hearing in January, and Penn has now completed the course, his lawyer told a court on Friday.

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TMZ reports Penn will remain on probation until next May.