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Beckham Sued -- Accused of Beating Photog

1/26/2009 9:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

David Beckham has been sued by a paparazzo who claims the soccer star and his bodyguard beat him up.


We just found the lawsuit, filed last month in L.A. County Superior Court, in which Emicles Da Mata claims on December 7, 2008, he had stopped his car on a Beverly Hills street when Beckham reached through the driver's window and grabbed his camera and attempted to wrestle it from him. Da Mata was holding the camera at the time.

The lawsuit claims Beckham's bodyguard -- also a defendant -- then beat him repeatedly, grabbed the camera and threw it in a trash can. The picture on the left shows two of Beckham's bodyguards on top of Da Mata.

Launch PhotosDa Mata says he was injured and is suing for assault and battery, as well as emotional distress. He's seeking unspecified damages.

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16.

abario    

as much as the paparazzi can go overboard, still it gives you no reason to beat them up, that's against the law, can't wait until the actual video is released, i heard they really beat him down and i hope he gets his day in court. but at the same time some paps should be more responsible for their actions.

2005 days ago
17.

99centz    

Yo...11 steve...get of your high horse az I do know what Im talking about.I work on sunset & every night the pap'z will gang up on some one with those dam strobe light'z blinding me & everybody with in 50 yard'z & with power by number'z they start shouting some of the most idiot thing'z there 3rd grade grad'z mind can think off to try to get some crazy reaction but when they get corner'd by the c-leb,they sream "help..help"come on up to sunset blvd & watch the show & you will see what im talking about!!!

2005 days ago
18.

PEPSI Generation    

It`s the paps TUFF 99n`er if you don`t want to dance with Dem than stay off thier TUFF.Mob hords flash crews It`s hollyWOOD man and it`s all part of the show.Including the stunt people who PLAY when they A`nt working.Do`nt want to BEE in the GAME stay off thier TUFF.Now if thye tail you anywhere and they won`t 99 than if htye come on your grounds and they won`t THAN and only than can you defend.Take your lump`s lumpy or scam.HELLie wood is tuff tuff tuff one wrong turn and you are on some gang`s tuff.Paps make the system money beat downs or not!.

2005 days ago
19.

mikey    

Beckham should counter sue the paps for stalking

2005 days ago
20.

Reality    

Beat him like a Beckham

2005 days ago
21.

tanya    

They are not wanted around unless asked!!! be respectful to the celebrities.....

2005 days ago
22.

bitzod    

No camera No money...Put dA HAM in a real foot ball game and and he would`nt last a min.WimpO can`t take it but can a bruse a TOG-MAn thats weak ass weak 4 a player???.

2005 days ago
23.

Howard Robard Hughes IIV    

N U don`t want U pix taken? thanzs U are stone ass crazy..Run bac`s homas SA! whaspy bee.

2005 days ago
24.

Robert    

how funny and ironic. people here dissing the dumb paps, when in fact it's what brings everyone here to this site, and what makes women pull star, people, the national enqiuirer, etc from the magazine stand in a bookstore and sit down in starbucks while leafing through them and not paying for them. you can also see this type of behavior at the checkout stands in supermarkets. so whats my point you say? people are two-faced!

2005 days ago
25.

Juliette    

Good for Beckham. Potog's get into celeb's faces way too much. Maybe this one will learn a lesson. Hope his case gets thrown out in court!!!!!

2005 days ago
26.

Anna    

You can't have it both ways. The Beckhams, especially Victoria, go out of their way to be in the spotlight. She did try to launch a reality television show, and she makes sure she stands out clothing wise wherever she goes.
The Beckham's are the most overrated couples, suffering from affluenza. Even F Scott Fitzgerald's Daisy (The Great Gatsby) has more substance than Victoria and David Beckham.

2005 days ago
27.

tmz is the pits    

Just another lame-a$$ Brazilian ex-parking attendant pap getting his a$$ kicked. It's hilarious everytime one of these bicha Brasileiros gets what he deserves. I'd be embarassed to be Brazilian.

2005 days ago
28.

#645732 - Cell Block H    

David Beckham plays the tough guy with his tattoo's and angry glares, but he needs two overgrown bullies to beat down one guy? He gets paid millions to run around the soccer field and score a goal every couple of months, and that makes him special? He and his has been wife need to move to some obscure area of the country and pull the sticks out of their asses if they don't like having their pictures taken. They are not as special as the paps make them out to be. But then again, there are a lot of people on this, "celebrity site", that shouldn't be a celebrity.

2005 days ago
29.

MikeK    

He deserved every bit of it! I hope they did kick the guys ass. What a way to make a living.

2005 days ago
30.

anthony    

SORRY DAVID,,,, YOU SIMPLY CANT BE ABOVE THE LAW..... I HAVE SAID BEFORE THAT PAPS NEED TO WATCH WHAT THEY SAY TO STARS AND NOT SAY NEGATIVE COMMENTS JUST TO GET A RE-ACTION...

THE PAPS ARE WHAT GETS PICTURES IN THE MAGAZINES AND ALLOWS YOUR FANS OR HATERS TO SEE YOU ... THAT MAKES YOUR ANNUAL INCOME FROM ENDORSEMENTS REACH MILLIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO JACK AS....... TAKING THE LAW INTO YOUR HAND AND HAVING YOUR BODY GUARDS ATTACK AND BEAT THIS POOR PAP IS SIMPLY WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YOU CANT GO AROUND BEATING UP PEOPLE.... SPECIALLY THE PEOPLE THAT GIVE THE WORLD YOUR PHOTOS AND MAKE YOU WHAT YOU ARE............ YOU SURE CANT PLAY SOCCER THAT LONG AND YOUR ENDORSEMENT MONEY IS WHATS GOING TO KEEP THAT HOUSE IN BEVERLY PARK PAID FOR.............

I HATE TO READ THIS SITUATIONS..

2005 days ago
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