t started out pleasantly enough. On May 30, shortly after Sean Penn and his ex-wife Robin Wright (who divorced in 2010 after 14 years of marriage) were spotted arriving together at an NYC apartment, the duo met up with Jimmy Giannopoulos, 36, the musician boyfriend of their beautiful 26-year-old daughter, model Dylan Penn, at a trendy Brooklyn bistro. But not long into the trio’s lunch, something apparently set Sean off — and things turned ugly.
Sean, 56, Robin, 51, and Jimmy left the restaurant, walked down the street and huddled together on a nearby stoop. “They began talking, with Sean doing most of it — and he really became enraged!” an eyewitness tells Star. “Sean’s face got redder and redder as he yelled at Jimmy. At one point, he angrily thrust a phone near Jimmy’s face for him to look at something. Then Robin started crying.” The trio eventually calmed down and moved on.
While the cause of the blowup is unknown, it certainly appeared as if Sean was confronting Jimmy over something extremely troubling. And given Sean’s reputation for flying off the handle — the actor is infamous for violent outbursts against photographers, and was accused by then-wife Madonna of getting physical with her — “It wouldn’t have been surprising if things had really gotten out of hand,” says a source. “This confrontation clearly struck close to home and seemed emotionally devastating. Thankfully cooler heads prevailed in the end.”