Charges against Sean Penn were dropped Thursday after he agreed to pay $800 for the damage he inflicted on a photographer's car, but his hopes for a quick getaway from the court were dashed.

Penn's case was dispensed of so quickly in the New York courtroom that his limo driver was caught nosing around under the hood when Penn came rushing out. Penn slouched in the back seat, allowing a horde of photographers a chance to snap away as the startled driver slammed the hood shut, jumped behind the wheel and drove away.