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DirecTV's Giraffe Guy -- Accused of Hotel BEATDOWN

7/26/2011 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The guy who plays the super-rich, tiny giraffe-owning Russian dude in those DirecTV commercials is being sued for allegedly bashing another guy's face in at an L.A. hotel ... TMZ has learned.

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The actor -- Timothy V. Murphy -- is accused of sucker punching a guy named Laurence Grossnickle while hanging out on the roof of the famous Huntley Hotel on July 9.

According to the lawsuit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Murphy used "threatening actions gestures and words" to scare the hell out of Laurence ... before he "became enraged and began hitting [Laurence] with his fists."

Laurence claims he was "severely injured" in the beatdown -- suffering "long-term damages, including facial disfigurement."

Laurence's attorney tells us they want Timothy to cough up at least $250k in damages ... insisting Tim's actions "exceeded the bounds of those usually tolerated in a civilized community."

A rep for Murphy had no comment.


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some guy    

He is no longer epic win.

1148 days ago
2.

Bigeasy    

Grossnickle? Sounds like he deserved it!

1148 days ago
3.

007    

I want a custody of that baby giraffe. He's clearly incompetent!

1148 days ago
4.

BroRo    

HORRIBLE PERSON

1148 days ago
5.

some guy    

Ehh... can't trust Russians. Amirite.

1148 days ago
6.

stu    

he looks like a bald matt leblanc.

1148 days ago
7.

some guy    

In Soviet Russia, face punches fist. What a country!

1148 days ago
8.

Meanie    

Yeah...but I want to know... is the giraffe real? ;)

1148 days ago
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demoncat    

guess Tim better hope he can do some more of those direct tv commercials or saved the residuls from his current one since he will now need the money for the legal bills and possible verdict he will have to pay the guy for his injuries. as for that giraffe its proably cgi

1148 days ago
10.

some guy    

@Meanie


I'm a little disappointed in you. That's not very mean. I think you need to try harder.

1148 days ago
11.

jc    

I just hope the giraffe is OK!

1148 days ago
12.

Galaxy    

I had the idea for miniature giraffes YEARS ago, and all of my friends thought I was crazy.. Who's crazy now?! MUAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

1148 days ago
13.

The Neko Nation    

Great right hook, He got's it!

1148 days ago
14.

Rip Winkles    

I hard to even comment on this story...half of it, well all of it is BS or I should say GS (Giraffe Shift)Reporters should report the truth and not mislead innocent kids that are gullible like mE

1148 days ago
15.

Keedee    

The sexy villain from Criminal Minds!! I luv him!!

1148 days ago
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