Actor Sean Penn, once jailed for a month for brawling with paparazzi, attacked and damaged the car of a news photographer Sunday and was given a criminal citation by police, New York officials said.Penn, 27, and his singer-actress wife, Madonna, were strolling at 6:15 p.m. on Columbus Avenue at 70th Street near their Central Park West apartment when New York Post photographer Paul Adao spotted the couple from his car, parked and began shooting pictures through the windshield.

Adao said Penn calmly approached his car, kicked a large dent in a door of Adao's new car and walked away.

"He left Madonna and kicked my car," Adao told the Post. "When I saw him coming I shut the windows and locked the doors."

Housing Police Officer Mike DiLello said Penn denied kicking Adao's car.