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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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61.

ColoradoRob    

Pap's are nothing more than stalkers.They deserve what ever happens to them. Good for Richards he did what I bet alot of celebs wish they could do, kick the doody out of their stalkers.

1465 days ago
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Mike    

I hope the photog. gets a whole chunk of change from the racist Michael Richards.

1465 days ago
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verna    

There is NOTHING funny let alone entertaining about Michael Richards.He's disgusting,Sienfeld is a stupid program geared to a certain group who control the world.He got away with his ****** calling tyraid,was so alleged sorry.Him,Mel Gibson and RACIST like them should be shot with s__t and killed for stinking.

1465 days ago
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RIck    

Not that there's anything wrong with that!!!

1464 days ago
65.

Joseph    

Have you noticed poor people are never sued or accused of sexual harassment? Seems like Michael Richards fell for it, paparazzi know he's bad tempered, must have been deliberately annoyed!

1464 days ago
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charles almon    

I do not believe a word of this.
SURELY there must of been SOME KIND of provoction.
That the VICTIM doesn't mention.
Even something as simple as I was trying to get a shot
or an autograph.
THe notion, that out of the blue, he was attacked,
just does not hold water.

1464 days ago
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Y do he got    

JERRY was a producer writer and the STAR of his own show,kramer and the rest of the cast and crew got well more than any other TV show ever.The writers wanted more so the show was over.YES jerry has toys that he payed for as well as giving money away and still helping his old costars.Everyone was miles above union scale and they got payed when the show ran but as per TV contracts and union rules the pay and ownership and pay changes in reruns and after time the studio owns it outright and sells it to DVD markets and over seas markets and than NO one gets a dime but the studio that owns the rights.NO actor in the USA union gets a payday in rerun unless they produced wrote and had some deal from the start and NO one does.RED payed for all rights to his old show and never showed it anywhere and later his estate sold it on DVD but still some studio has to sell it so they later end up once again owning it.JERRY put more into his show than anyone thus he got payed more in run and later rerun and than studio owns it again and they sell it on DVD if they rerun it forever show it air it and sell it to the public they own it and NO one gets a dime from the cast crew or writers or even the producers..the only way to own your rights is to never run it on TV or be studio produced you have to be indie and sell at art house and online with no union cast or crew or union writers or union producers and that never happens in hollywood as it is a union town with no rights to work state.

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