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Michael Richards Sued for Brutal Beatdown

9/11/2010 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Seinfeld" star Michael Richards allegedly unleashed a devastating ass kicking on a photographer in L.A. last month ... this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ.

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According to the suit, photographer Brendon O'Neal claims Richards approached him on an L.A. street on August 25 in a "menacing manner ... with closed fists" -- then proceed to beat the crap out of him.

In the suit, filed Friday in L.A. County Superior Court, O'Neal claims Richards punched him in the face, knocked him to the ground, and then "proceeded to kick [O'Neal] numerous times, directing the blows to [O'Neal's] arms, hands, and camera."

According to the suit, O'Neal claims he suffered "great mental, physical, and nervous pain and suffering" -- and is suing for an unspecified amount for damages, medical expenses, and much more.

The lawsuit gives no explanation as to what triggered the alleged beating.

Richards has been known to go off ... e.g., the famous "N" word rant at The Laugh Factory in 2006.

Calls to Richards' rep have not been returned.

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awards    

Stars beating Papps should be a new reality show; even semi stars!

1411 days ago
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Carvey    

Did Richard shout "Yeah!" or "Giddy up!" and make a weird hand gesture after the beat down?

1411 days ago
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tydurden    

response to this kook ass dirty ass ugly ass desperate ass paparazzi ass koooooook. who had the balls to say this cuz richards had a bad night (with a brutal freuidian slip...but we all make mistakes...throw the first stone papsmear.

'According to the suit, O'Neal claims he suffered "great mental, physical, and nervous pain and suffering" -- and is suing for an unspecified amount for damages, medical expenses, and much more.

The lawsuit gives no explanation as to what triggered the alleged beating. '

how about all hte pain,suffering and bs that celebrities go thru on a DAILY BASIS DUE TO YOUR PIC TAKING AND USELESS LIVES.
I LIKE TMZ. KIND OF. BUT MOST PAPS ARE DOUCHES.
I DARE U TO FIND ME AND TAKE PIC I DONT APPROVE. TY IT PICTURE TAKING JEALOUS KOOKS

1411 days ago
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conf    

"Richards has been known to go off ... e.g., the famous "N" word rant at The Laugh Factory in 2006."

"Has been known to go off" ... as if it happens all the time. ONE incident, FOUR years ago. Jesus. Pretty sure that photog is full of it.

1411 days ago
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Truth    

DUDE IS GOING FROM BAD TO WORSE. JUST KILL URSELF ALREADY... WOW, HE'S THE LOSER OF THE SEINFELD CAST.

1411 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

jerry should get off his ass and do a 2 hour movie with the cast of seinfeld in 3-d naturally.I would pay 10 bucks to go see it or at least buy the dvd

1411 days ago
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Barbie    

If this is to hold any credibility then the guy should have gone to the police first, not the guy's wallet ! This sounds like a setup for free money

1411 days ago
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Eric    

Celebrity photographers deserve to get a smack down once in a while. How did it feel to get pounded by an old man, Brendon O'Neal? Did your mommy blow on your boo-boo and put on a Hello Kitty Band-Aid?

1411 days ago
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Freaks!    

Can we have a list of celebs NOT being sued/extorted? Should be a short one.

1411 days ago
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Bubbles The Chimp    

All paparazzi need to be beat down.

1411 days ago
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john johnson    

so what, he got beat up by a racist.

1411 days ago
12.

dd    

Michael Richards is nuts you don't put your money on the line to attack a photog...get out of the biz if you can't handle it.

1411 days ago
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ManiacalZebra    

What does the police report say about this?

1411 days ago
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Jake    

Was the guy and Afican American. Not that it matters to me but we are talking Michael Richards.

1411 days ago
15.

Alston    

the racist has showed his true colors again

1411 days ago
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