**Warning: Video contains graphic and offensive language**
Sean Penn‘s son handled a paparazzo in Beverly Hills today much the way his father used to … violently ramming the photog — and also calling the guy a “f***ot” and a “n***er.”
19-year-old Hopper Penn was following his dad into a medical building when he got into the altercation with an African-American photographer (not TMZ’s).
The nuclear exchange was all caught on tape … Hopper gets up in the photog’s face, pushing him, then says, “F*** you … you’re a f***ing f***ot … shut up you f***ing n***er.”
Cops happened to be nearby at the time and heard the commotion. Law enforcement sources tell us, officers asked what happened … but the photog said it was just a verbal argument, and he didn’t want to press charges.
Hopper tells TMZ his side of the story is … “I was accosted by paparazzi and made to feel like an animal – threatened and under attack, but that does not condone my own actions.”
He adds, “I deeply regret my choice of words.”
FYI, Sean was 100% calm and cool in today’s video.
It’s been nearly four years since Sean’s infamous kicking altercation with a photog. He was sentenced to three years probation stemming from that incident.
Check out the offensive video at TMZ.