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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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31.

rose    

Was the giraffe injured????

1130 days ago
32.

Meanie    

@ David Jong... Did the Giraffe bite anyone?

1130 days ago
33.

msangelina    

Yeah, I'm a little obsessed with that giraffe!!! I love it!!! Now they have other commmercials for DirecTv that aren't even cute.

1130 days ago
34.

darisa    

anyone such as Kathy who believes this story...come on...the whole thing sounds stupid. some guy sees someone that he deems is semi-known so he must have money...so he sues him because this Murphy fellow must have known he was a loon at least 50 ft. back and pushed him out of his way.

good grief. but i gotta love how some chicks will post...i'm never going to like him again now that he's mean. do you know how stupid you sound??? it's a commercial. that's it. he has no effect on your life whatsoever. moron.

1130 days ago
35.

c    

Right, and I'm sure Laurence did nothing and was completely innocent through the whole thing. Sounds like a scam for money.

1130 days ago
36.

Atlantaguy    

Murphy will fight it, pay a settlement, and move on. He's been in a lot more stuff than the TV commercials. He's one of those constantly working actors who's names we can never remember, but he's in stuff all the time (he has money, unless he wastes it as he earns it). Everyone has a breaking point. We're all just one smack away from a jail cell if someone says the wrong thing at the wrong time to us - civilized people or not.

1130 days ago
37.

jazwagsalot    

i want the tiny giraffe

1129 days ago
38.

Dannypearse     

He is from Ireland and he is as tough as nails..... Anyway when you live in LA someone always has their eye on your prize$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

1129 days ago
39.

Mel    

It's f'ing IAN DOYLE from Criminal Minds!
I guess dude is a badass on and off the screne!

1128 days ago
40.

A    

http://www.petitelapgiraffe.com/ THE GIRAFFE'S EXIST!!!!

1125 days ago
41.

Tara Snow    

I love DirecTV, but I keep coming across stories of people who have had really bad experiences with them, there are some really funny vents about them here>.

1115 days ago
42.

Kay    

Am stunned, if it's the truth!

1105 days ago
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