The younger Penn is accused of resorting to vicious and racist name-calling after he got into an altercation with a random Black photographer who confronted the pair as they entered a medical building, reports TMZ.
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The nasty encounter between the photographer (pictured) and the 19-year-old was captured on video. Hopper is seen pushing the unidentified man and this is followed by a face-to-face confrontation where the hot-headed teen is heard spewing the words, “F**k you, you’re a f**king fa**ot…shut up you fu**ing ni**er.”
During the raucous, police just happened to be in the vicinity and overheard what had transpired between Hopper and the photographer. When officers questioned the shutterbug about what had happened, he just sloughed off the argument and refused to press charges.
Hopper, on the other hand, told TMZ, “I was accosted by paparazzi and made to feel like an animal – threatened and under attack, but that does not condone my own actions.”
The young teen, who also mentioned that he deeply regretted his “choice of words,” doesn’t fall too far from the tree.
Hopper’s dad has had infamous battles with paparazzi throughout his acting career. Four years ago, he kicked a photog several times during a run-in. The violent episode cost the actor, who was lauded for his brave humanitarian efforts after the devastating Haitian earthquake of 2010, three years probation.