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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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31.

cindy    

Leave poor Krammer alone

1500 days ago
32.

mark    

pics?
who cares?????

now we wanna see movies, not pics. those paps are not even good still photographers anyway.

get a video camera or stay home and take photography lessons and study how to take good pics

dismissed

1500 days ago
33.

Ray Liebold    

Dude you are so full of fraud, the guy is seen smiling and joking around and 1 picture it appears he is offering to shake your hand.....Get a Life....can you say FRAUD...

1500 days ago
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CaryL    

I thought it was a PERSON he attacked and I was appalled. I did not realize from the initial reports it was a paparazzi. That changes my view. I am sure the "photographer" had whatever he got coming to him!

1500 days ago
35.

Toasty J    

I call bull****

1500 days ago
36.

Y do he got    

AS long as he didn`t use the Nword and the pap was`nt black or female FEELFREE to beat the ss-snut cakes out of whomever you want...You earned it STAIN FEILD the MOVIE? just out of jail and rehabed4 sayin N thing atalk bout just won`t cover all those golden girly years RIGHT? old BIRD NEST^^^

1500 days ago
37.

LTBK    

Can anyone IMAGINE having some idiot take PICTURE AFTER PICTURE of you doing NOTHING but minding your own business walking down the street?!!!! Maybe one quick shot but WHY is it necessary to take one after the other after the other! It is NOT necessary. They just seem to get off on harassing people. And there should be a law against it.

1500 days ago
38.

TheUltraworld    

I love to see paps get their asses kicked. They want maximum $$$, so they dont fight back. *******.

1500 days ago
39.

Areader    

Paparazzo's in general are rude and obnoxious! They never respect boundaries therefore if a celebrity dishes out a mild smack down, good for the celebrity!

1500 days ago
40.

Just Me    

Well this is sad that the pics show a whole different scenario. Micheal doesn't even look upset that the guy's taking his pic. He's actually amusing the photographer. Brendon probably knows that Micheal has been running a tough few years, and decided to take advantage of someone that everyone's been peeved at lately.
Hang in there Micheal. You made a few mistakes, like anyone could do, but your not responsible for everything and ANYTHING. I don't believe him, and hopefully the courts won't either.

1500 days ago
41.

Googie    

Brendon O'Neal is such a liar. Michael Richards should sue O'Neal for false charges & for any attorney expenses he may incur.

1500 days ago
42.

Jim    

Paparazzi pus sies, you wouldn`t still be taking pics after i kicked your butt. You would be too busy picking up your teeth. S***bags.

1500 days ago
43.

Mike    

I was really hoping for this to be a true ass kicking. I hate the paparazzi and they deserve any ill treatment they recieve. If members of the paparazzi were food, they'd be non Kosher for their level of filth. Thank god that camera/video phones will be the end of f*ckholes like this guy.

1499 days ago
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