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Sean Penn issues statement in praise of Charlie Sheen

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Story by Jack Foley

SEAN Penn has gone public with his support for long-term friend Charlie Sheen and their plans to go to take a humanitarian trip to Haiti.

In a statement released to Access Hollywood on Friday (March 4, 2011), Oscar winner Penn said he felt that both Sheen and the earthquake-ravaged country would see benefits from the trip.

He said: “I think his energies, intelligence and passion could be both of service and servicing to him, as it is to all who are touched by the struggle of the Haitian people.”

Praising Sheen still further, Penn added in the statement: “Charlie is one of the very few public people who cannot be accused of using the media to his own benefit.

“I would very much like to show my old friend the world of needs on the ground in Haiti, and introduce him and his tremendous wit to our hard working Haitian staff. If he chooses to give support, I’ll trust it.”

News of Penn and Sheen’s planned trip to Haiti first emerged when Sheen discussed them on Friday’s Access Hollywood Live, saying: “I’m excited as hell because, you know, if I can bring the attention of the world down there, then clearly this tsunami keeps cresting.”

Penn has been working to bring aid and awareness to Haiti ever since the January 2010 earthquake. He has traveled to the region multiple times to work with volunteers and has founded J/P HRO, an organization that provides basic shelter, food, education and more for Haitians who lost their homes in the quake.

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