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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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46.

thehoch    

Paparazzi are paparasites.

Bottom feeders, seeking scraps. An unregulated industry where anything goes, including many a person's life in danger for the pursuit of a snapshot.

You have to read this story backwards. A star supposedly beats a photog. Why? There is your answer.

1466 days ago
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hotandbothered    

"Richards has been known to go off before." Really? Well, getting ugly verbally is quite a bit different than getting ugly PHYSICALLY!!! Your bias is showing. What did the papp do to make him so angry, hmm?? The way papps yell rude things to celebrities to get a rise out of them so they can get the 'money shot' I am surprised more celebrities aren't fighting back. No sympathy for that dude. At. All.

1466 days ago
48.

njneere    

outlaw the stinking paps. They put cameras up everyone's dress they can in a stalker like fashion anyway. Filthy people.

1466 days ago
49.

O-C Guy    

Sounds like a Assxxxx on Assxxxx crime. Hence, no law was broken.

1466 days ago
50.

jason    

I ran into Michael Richards once, he spent a few minutes talking to a group of us, posed for pictures and could not have been nicer.
He was very down to Earth and treated others who noticed him in the same manner as he signed autographs and joked around with them in a relaxed sort of way. I was very impressed with his attitude and behavior and the fact he did not rush anyone away or act too good to be approached.
I imagine some people do not realize their own behavior and act in a way that seems threatening or badgering, acting like that would make anyone, especially a celebrity feel threatened.

1466 days ago
51.

CHICKENMAN    

cause someone has a camera and your famous doesnt give them the right to get in your personal space...the camera man most likey provoked him and he got his ***** ass kicked...now he's sueing like a little bitch...good for you kramar.... **** all those little camera stalkers....I would of did the same but i would of taken his camera and smashed in on his head ino 138 pieces

1466 days ago
52.

carouser    

We could say that it’s, if anything, unfortunate that every time Richards comes close to living down the almost mythical role of Kramer he does something so, well, Kramer-like. His character has consumed him, just as his characteristics have consumed us…

http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2010/09/kramer-beats-a-photographer/

1466 days ago
53.

www.foxybeads.com    

yes, i like it

1466 days ago
54.

Carvey    

Serenity now!

1466 days ago
55.

Dave    

A fraudulent lawsuit. Not one shred of evidence in support of this arrack. It is no more, no less a plot to shake down Richards and PopEater and TMZ is complicit in the plan.

1466 days ago
56.

Afrojack    

That's what the idiot pap gets. Any pap comes up to me and starts blasting away I'll put them in the hospital as well. In general, f**k TMZ, full of low lives who have nothing better to do all day than pry into other people lives.

1466 days ago
57.

D    

Annnnd whats the problem here?

1466 days ago
58.

Bill    

BRAVO Michael Richards these papparazi flies deserve to be swatted down more often. Not only are they a constant annoyance to "celebrities" but they are a menace to the public and a traffic hazard.. I can't imagine how miserable it would be to be pushed around by a croud of papparazis have camaras shoved into your face at every turn. I hope Larry David writes an episode on COSMO whacking paparazzi flies, what a hoot!

1466 days ago
59.

whleshak    

This guy is a bona fide ****.

1465 days ago
60.

Trisha    

I have to say that I don't condone what Michael Richards did to the photographer but I can understand why he did it. I guess after getting cameras shoved in my face for years and having to deal with these predatory parasites I would snap to. Where are the rights of the ones being photographed? I don't even know why this cameraman would go after Michael Richards anyway, he's not really hot news or anything like that. I guess the guy was just looking for a quick buck and picked Mr Richards to target. I guess when you are a celebrity you have to expect this but there has to be a line for these papparotzzi not to cross.

1465 days ago
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