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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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31.

Q    

Richards is still upset he didnt go for the Royalty from Reruns payout that Jerry took---instead, Jerry threw his 3 cast mates one million dollars to go away, and the rest is history...he's got 34 cars in his garages, Richards is barely getting by. I'd be mad at the world too. Dont buy what Jerry Seinfeld is selling---he has done little with his money to help Humanity. Its all about and for him. Surprising that Jew would be for Obama, but he was, and still is.

Obama wants you to redistribute your wealth Jerry---in this case it might help Richards. Plus he isnt keen on your homeland, Israel, so not sure why you still support Obama so much Jerry.

1411 days ago
32.

buxxy    

If people would stay away from the guy while on the street that might be a start...no, he shouldn't beat the crap out of somebody but that somebody should've not dogged the guy....as for the N word rant...I can only say that my 9 year old niece turned to me the other day after hearing a group of black kids hanging out on the street using the N word as if nothing was wrong..she turned to me and asked 'so why can't we use the N word if they do??' I told her because we're white...it's a double standard.

1411 days ago
33.

kromen    

It's not like he was standing around minding his own business.

1411 days ago
34.

Patrick    

Hey Richards,

Have you lost your mind you imbecile? Its called Assault and Battery on the criminal side. On the civil side get ready to write a hefty check for a tort lawsuit for pain, suffering and all damages to the photog and his equipment. I hope you have to pay up the ying yang for this, you moron. Get a life Retard!

Patrick

PS. Calling al civil attorneys...lawsuit...lawsuit....lawsuit...

1411 days ago
35.

albertaclipper    

I think I take Michael Richards' side on this one.

1411 days ago
36.

some guy    

So, this story was out there for a month and a half and TMZ chose not to report it ???

1411 days ago
37.

Uh    

Kicked the h*** out of a pap....boo hoo.

1411 days ago
38.

KC    

dude got his ass kicked by Kramer..i mean wtf..and has the balls to tell anyone....really?

1411 days ago
39.

Lynn    

Can't stand the guy (i.e., I've got brown skin). Hope the photog gets lots and lots of Richards' money. Am glad his career is over and no one has to see his racist mug with any regularity.

1411 days ago
40.

CGS    

Kramer is one crazy SOB!!

1411 days ago
41.

pimpdaddy    

Another ass____ of the world!

1411 days ago
42.

jstuddle    

It'll be tough to win a lawsuit like this without a police report.

1411 days ago
43.

Lizzie    

richard **** needs to be on an airplane w/out gas!!!!! He's ****! He's a ****!

1411 days ago
44.

Prantha    

Paparazzi should be beaten; and often. I hate the way they descend on a restaurant if they find out a famous person is there. I had to call the police to get my car out of the parking lot cuz of the way they swarmed, blocking the driveway. Jerks. S***.

1411 days ago
45.

BigmoneyBleezy    

Sad about this dude.

1411 days ago
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