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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.


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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Pay up jerk and learn to keep your hands to yourself. I hope they make him pay twice as much for being such an arsehole!

1084 days ago

Hello is anybody in there?    

So Timothy used "threatening actions gestures and words" on Laurence for no reason what so ever and then got "enraged and started punching Laurence with his fist"........ Anyways Laurence wants 250K.

1084 days ago


Wow... it seems that no one calls the cops anymore, just their lawyers.

1084 days ago


He's so cool~

1084 days ago


What a disappointment this guy is. I used to love that commercial. Will never enjoy it again knowing how mean he is.

1084 days ago

some guy    

I think there's more to this story. Never mentioned that cops show up. Why weren't they called? Were there any witnesses? Any pics of this guy's injuries?

1083 days ago

right straight    

He probably deserved it,everyone always sees the second foul. This world is filled with disrespectful douche bags, that run their mouths and sue when someone puts them in their place.Maybe? wasn't there,but this is often the case

1083 days ago

some guy    

@right straight

IDK... dunno how a guy can get so full of himself from doing a couple commercials. He done anything else?

1083 days ago

some guy    

Got a feeling TMZ's gonna post a continuation on this story tomorrow.

1083 days ago


I Love,Love,Love,Love,Love the tiny giraffe. A tough looking man kissing a baby giraffe, that's my kind of guy. The commercial is sooo adorable!!!!!
Sounds to me like he had too much vodka,maybe?

1083 days ago


You can't get "sucker punched" if you're in a heated argument with someone "threatening" you. A sucker punch is when someone pretends he's not going to be aggressive and then as fast as he can he punches you in the head.

1083 days ago

something sounds fishy, I think the giraffe did it.

1083 days ago


The guy must have stepped on his giraffe

1083 days ago


Murphy tells Judg: "His face JOMP in my fist!"

1083 days ago


"No pain... No pain"

(God I love this guy and his giraffe!) I'll pay his bail!

1083 days ago
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