Sean Penn Dating Haitian Relief Worker Shannon Costello

Sean Penn holds his Oscar for best actor for the film Milk backstage at the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood on February 22 2009 UPI PhotoPhil McCarten

Sean Penn, 51, is dating Shannon Costello, the former communications director of the actor's J/P Haitian Relief Organization.

The actor has been spotted with Costello, 26, on a Malibu beach, eating out at sushi restaurant Nobu in Los Angeles, and in Miami. They went public with their relationship in July.

The couple became friends in 2009, and Costello began working with J/P in 2010. Costello has also worked on the documentary film "Waiting for Superman," and will produce Ron Howard's next film, "Under the Banner of Heaven," now in production.

Penn, whose exes include Madonna and actress Robin Wright, was reported to have been dating actress Scarlett Johansson up until June. The actor, who won Academy Awards for his performances in "Mystic River" and "Milk," will next appear in "This Must Be The Place," due out in December 2011.

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