Actor flies to Haiti to visit charity staff

Sean Penn has pulled out of his appearance at the seventh Dubai Film Festival to deal with events in Haiti, where he runs the J/P Haitian Relief Organization.

Penn, who is being honored with a lifetime achievement award, has flown to the Caribbean country to check on his staff and camp following political upheavals and violent protests over a disputed presidential election.

In a statement, Penn said: “I am honored to receive the Dubai Film Festival lifetime achievement award and had every intention of being there to accept it in person. Regretfully, the situation in Haiti has worsened, and it was of the utmost importance that I be there to ensure the safety of my staff and the J/P HRO camp.”

“A Conversation With Sean Penn,” an event scheduled for Monday evening at Madinat Jumeirah, was canceled.

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