'Real Housewife' Victim Files Criminal Charges

12/24/2010 5:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The TV news reporter who was brutally hit while celebrating the holiday with Lisa Vanderpump -- star of  "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" -- just left the Beverly Hills Police Department and formally requested that criminal charges be filed against his assailant.


TMZ broke the story ... Lisa was at the Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel early this AM with good friend Robert Kovacik, a reporter for KNBC in L.A., when a drunken man taunted them, got in their faces, and then sucker punched Robert in the mouth.

We've learned Robert spent the morning at the office of Dr. Paul Nassif -- a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon and husband of Lisa's co-star Adrienne Maloof. It appears the drunken assailant was wearing a heavy ring, because Kovaciks lip was not only split open, the gash went into the muscle tissue. Kovacik received 5 deep sutures and 2 dozen stitches.

A police report has been filed.

Lisa went to the BHPD with Robert and told TMZ the assailant's actions were "disgusting."