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'Hangover' Star

Sued Over

Nightclub Shooting

1/10/2011 2:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Mike Epps just got sued for $1 million for punching a photog back in November -- but the victim claims the violence didn't end there ... accusing Epps' friends of firing shots at him as he tried to escape.

Cameraman Douglas Thornton filed the seven-figure lawsuit today in Michigan -- claiming he was covering a public event hosted for Epps at the Key Club in Detroit. According to Thornton, Epps went ballistic and started grabbing at Thornton's camera ... at which point a fist-flying brawl erupted.

Thornton claims Epps unleashed a "brutal beating" -- and after Thornton was physically removed from the club, "members of Epps' entourage fired several shots at Thornton who ran for his life."

0110_mike_epps_sm_launchThornton's attorney tells TMZ, "Mr. Epps is lucky he is not facing a murder charge."

According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, Thornton claims he was "hired to film the party that was being thrown for Mike Epps."

Calls to Epps have not been returned.


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Looks like Epps was giving the guy the bill.

1391 days ago


Epps is terrible at stand up comedy. He should stick to movies!

1390 days ago

Squeaky Shoes    

if moron paps are going to continue to take unwanted photos, follow people around and not leave when asked to, then it should be perfectly standard to receive a punch in the face.

I dont condone violence, but i also dont condone stalking and invasion of privacy which is what these shameless self-promoting "photogs" do. It should be legal to start slapping around paps who are too stupid or ignorant to understand the simple sentence of "go away"

1390 days ago

Squeaky Shoes    

how the fark did this turn into a race issue?

tons of white celbs have slapped around their own partner's let alone paps!

EVERY race, has done different, but equally STUPID things

1390 days ago


Mike Epps is very funny.

1390 days ago


This thing got blown outa preportion. It was all just a publicity stunt for the new "Friday Before Next Week" Movie

1385 days ago


lol he wasnt a star in that movie at all

1376 days ago


I've not been a big fan of Epps ever since I heard a radio interview with him a few years ago and he sounded like a complete egotistical a-hole.

He was pretty funny in The Hangover but I hope he is not returning in The Hangover 2. Check out what the rest of The Hangover 2 cast is saying about the upcoming sequel at

1310 days ago
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