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Chris Brown's Bodyguards Beat Down Photog?

5/6/2008 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A photographer for a Florida newspaper claims he was pummeled and robbed last night by R&B singer Chis Brown's bodyguards.
Chris Brown and Rihanna
The photog, Luis Santana, was at a lounge in St. Petersburg, FL., where Brown was accompanied by Rihanna, and was having a private birthday party. Santana was told by the venue's security that he could take photographs outside, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

He claims when he snapped Chris Brown in an SUV, Brown's bodyguards chased him and forced him to the ground. One guard put his knee on Santana's jaw, and took his $3,000 camera.

Police are investigating. Chris Brown rep was not immediately available for comment.

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Tyra Banks    

Chris Brown is a douche.

2297 days ago
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debbie    

i was gona say the same thing ck... what does rihanna have anything to do with this?

2297 days ago
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UH HUH    

CK - I was thinking the same thing. She is not even mentioned.

2297 days ago
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me    

debbie - because she was there too. she was in town with him for her concert last night. if you read the linked article, they were celebrating his birthday together.

2297 days ago
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DA's leak    

They should've broke his neck to prevent further harassment of other celebs. He gets no sympathy from me.

2297 days ago
6.

Lalaland    

ME,

This is public property and the photog can take pictures of anything he wants to. Get back to reality.

Chris Brown and his thugs need to be taught a lesson in court. These street gangster acting rappers need to be stopped before they really own the streets instead of just thinking they do (*cough* JZ aka camel lips).

2297 days ago
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kate blows bigtime    

Chris Brown is another assclown who thinks hes above the law.

2297 days ago
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offtheproperty    

Hillary is the BEST. And Obama is totally heading for the WORST. Hey, he's a great guy and extremely accomplished and dedicated. But all that good stuff is now AT RISK because he's pushing his way in where he don't belong. Hillary was on her way to a cakewalk and a two-term presidency with all the right remedies for all our nation's ills. But HE has screwed that all up. It ain't some matter of OPINION about whether he's as good, capable and potentially successful as HER. The OBJECTIVE FACT is that SHE is the one with the skills and the CV and the means to the ends of running the government back to working for the majority of Americans. He has made a mess of all that and if she doesn't make President then this country can KISS ITS FUTURE GOODBYE cause it's going into the toilet. And that is the fault of Barack Obama. Please VOTE 4 Hillary!!!

2297 days ago
9.

Very Interesting    

Once a thug...always a thug!

2297 days ago
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GatorGal    

So are Chris Brown and Rihanna a couple? Seems to me like a big over=reaction to beat a guy up over pictures. Except that he was underage in a nightclub and with Rihanna

2297 days ago
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GatorGal    

I would bet Radio Disney won't be happy with these two

2297 days ago
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TMZhires13yearolds    

When are these paps going to learn that ass-kickings go with the territory? Isn't that what some of you say about celebs? It goes both ways.

2297 days ago
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BRONX    

WHAT THE HELL IS THE MATTER WITH THESE THUGS. WHEN YOU WERE NOBODY YOU NEED THE PAPPS AND NOW YOU HAVE A FEW DOLLARS YOU BEING A PUNK, GET REAL WE SHOULD STOP SUPPORTING THESE FOOLS, DONT WANT TO BE SEEN GO HIDE UNDER A ROCK

2297 days ago
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People are so ignorant    

First of all Chris Brown is not a rapper. Secondly you are calling him a thug and I'm really not sure where you get your information from. If it was John Mayer's bodyguards I bet all of you would be like ohh poor John, dont blame him he wasn't the one that did it. Love how people can be blatantly racist and not even realize it.

2297 days ago
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CT    

What part of no pictures did this guy not understand, that's what he gets! They did the right thing, follow the rules and no one gets hurt.

2297 days ago
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