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Michael Richards Pap Confrontation -- The Pics

9/13/2010 1:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The paparazzo who claims Michael Richards kicked his ass during a violent confrontation last month has finally released the pics from the incident ... and the photos seem to tell a very different story.

Michael Richards Sued

As we first reported, a photog named Brendon O'Neal (not employed by TMZ) is suing Richards -- claiming the "Seinfeld" actor approached him on an L.A. street on August 25 in a "menacing manner ... with closed fists" -- then proceeded to beat the crap out of him.

But in the pics, Richards appears to be cracking a smile -- definitely non-menacing -- and the only reason his fist could even be considered "closed" ... is because he's clutching his keys.

Obviously, we don't know what happened in between the shots -- but the photog claims he suffered "great mental, physical, and nervous pain" during the alleged altercation.

Calls to Michael's reps have not been returned -- but we're assuming he's gonna deny any wrongdoing.


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MP    

what pics??? I keep getting oops Harvey didn't link the page error

1469 days ago
2.

DoallBall    

Love the episode where him and newman try to collect bottles and run them to michigan for an extra 5 cents.

1469 days ago
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MP    

pics working now...you can clearly see the blood dripping from his knuckles after beating the pap up....what a joke!!!

1469 days ago
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HMD    

looks like he's messing around with him... seems like a cash grab to me...

1469 days ago
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Puhleeze    

Ok TMZ I'll bite ...Puhleeze explain to us ALL what exactly is "nervous pain" ???I myself am stumped on that 1 !!!Does he think of the pain and get a nervous twitch ?Or does his nervous twitch give him pain ?LMAO ...good lord ,I must know :O)

1469 days ago
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OooooNooo!    

Not much of a beat-down. Tell him to go home and grab his shine box. Oooo!

1469 days ago
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Who'sThat    

hmmm, can someone please tell me?....don't really see anything but his finger in the pap's face with keys in his hands, but no hint of hitting the guy? he must be not too hurt, he continues to to take pics as michael was leaving...not sure i believe this guy

1469 days ago
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MikeR    

He's got a shot of him leaving and it certainly doesn't looks like something went down. You'd think he have some more 'blurry', and 'in a fight' shots then that.

1469 days ago
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BananaHammock    


This Photog is full of Crapola!

1469 days ago
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Jake    

Probably the same pap who antagonized Travis Barker.

1469 days ago
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hatelove    

He doesn't look that mad :S

1469 days ago
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CGS    

This photog is lame. What does this prove? Seems like Richards is just messing w/ him, just like they do to the celebs.

1469 days ago
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cosmok    

Yeah - full plastic bag in one hand, keys in the other - serious fight must have occured...

1469 days ago
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Hussie    

Every media outlet, including you TMZ, needs to stop sensationalizing these alleged incidents BEFORE all of the FACTS are in...
Richards no more "traumatized" this sissy-pap than a stiff fart would have...
Seriously, if this Brendon O'Neal wuss is gonna get all twitterpated over something like this, he'd better give some serious thought to a career change...

1469 days ago
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Carl    

When his own pictures will get used by the defense to show nothing happened you know he's full of it.

1469 days ago
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