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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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31.

Very Interesting    

People... READ the article. The papp here was told he COULD take his picture OUTSIDE the club.... and he so did that when Chris got in his SUV... unless the SUV was inside the club.. and I sincerely doubt that.

Regardless if you people like the papp's or not, at least this one repected the clubs wishes. So those of you who said he still took the picture even after he was told no... you are wrong.

2256 days ago
32.

FireEmAll    

wait...Tampa Times? Isnt it The Tampa Tribune? Gawd TMZ, got the A-team assigned to Britney today?

2256 days ago
33.

Sparky    

Maybe his bodyguard stole so he could buy some teeth! LOL

2256 days ago
34.

mr.money    

If chris brown ordered his bodyguards to assault a man then he is part of the conspiracy to commit the crime , all of them should be locked up. the king pin and the hitmen

2256 days ago
35.

blazinkateyes    

CHRIS BROWN IS STUPID THATS WHY HE HAS A BODY GUARD (DUHHH)

2256 days ago
36.

ladyarsonic    

stop hatin on chris yall just madd aint nobody takin your picture then gettin beat down haters gets no were in life

2256 days ago
37.

Judge    

What the heck is the deal? Does he want to be famours or not? What a joke!

2255 days ago
38.

Tai    

I hate this guy!!!! He's so full of his self!!!!

2255 days ago
39.

Me    

I know the photographer and he IS ALWAYS respectful and plays by the rules. I belive the bodyguards stepped over the line and should be fired and held liable for their actions. This is a free country and they were out in a public place in which Mr. Santana had permission to take pictures. He does not crowd the subjects and does NOT chase them down.

2255 days ago
40.

Hammer    

I have been to this club before and don't know why they were even there. Its a hole in the wall and an unsafe environment. The bouncers there are un-professional and poorly trained. I have seen them watch people get the crap beat out of them right on their doorstep and not do anything about it because they don't want to get in trouble!

2255 days ago
41.

Mingle    

I live in Tampa and know Luis, the photographer. ALWAYS been respectful and decent. he's standing IN THE COT DAMN PUBLIC STREET, not bothering them at dinner or something. thumbs down. File Charges.

2255 days ago
42.

Kirk    

I saw everything it was too funny

2255 days ago
43.

Ladydeecee    

As a native Washingtonian (yes we claim the entire tri-state get over it!), I'll support Chris at this time The papp was well within his rights when he snapped the photo however, we are assuming (you know what that makes you), that Chris ordered this action. It may have been his bodyguard's natural reaction to this type of thing. It doesn't excuse the reaction but it does take the onerous off Chris. Folks, let's think before we speak and get all the facts first.

2254 days ago
44.

JEFF    

He jus needs a really good mentor because anger mangment doesn't work well with him. people in his case needs someone to talk to. talking about him only makes things worst.I personaly do not think he is a bad person he jus makes badd judgements

1205 days ago
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