Sean Penn’s Son RAMS Photog — ‘F*** You N***er’

              **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 our sources”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 our sources 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.