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Reporter Booted From Sean Penn Media Event

Publicist gives reporter the boot from press event



    Reporter Booted From Sean Penn Media Event
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    Sean Penn gives a reporter the boot at his news briefing..

    If you haven't heard, actor Sean Penn is not having it. 

    He's received a lot of heat lately for his volunteer work to rebuild Haiti. Critics have questioned whether he has ulterior motives for spending time and money on earthquake survivors.

    Well, no turning the other cheek here.   In true bad boy fashion, Penn responded by telling critics to not only die, but also “die screaming of rectal cancer”. Yikes!

    So a Washington Examiner Yeas & Nays reporter wanted to know if any critics decided to give Penn some space.   During a closed-door news briefing Thursday night with Penn at the Washington Hebrew Congregation, the reporter asked, “How have you seen your critics change since you mentioned that they should die of rectal cancer?"

    But the publicity coordinator, C.J. Jordan, reportedly cut the question short and said they were only taking questions regarding the Haitian benefit.

    Apparently the reporter insisted her question was not random and that it was related. So that ended up being her last question of the night. “You know, I think that you are investing in a culture that I am not interested in. And you should go your way,” Penn reportedly said .

    Jordan ended the interview, and the reporter was publicly scolded outside of the media room. The reporter then was told that to keep her job, she needed to write a letter of apology to the Haitian ambassador and was threatened to be escorted out of the building by police.

    “You desecrated this sacred place,” Jordan said.

    The reporter remained calm and left the building swiftly. But a few hurdles remained. A clergyman tried to take the reporter’s recorder and hit delete. (Not sure if he was successful.) And the reporter was still approached by men in blue to leave the premises.