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'Real Housewives'

Bev Hills Hotel Sued

Over Bloody Xmas Attack

11/16/2011 4:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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The guy who was punched in the mouth during a fancy night out with one of the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" last year is out for revenge ... not only against his attacker, but against one of the most famous hotels in the world.

TMZ broke the story ... Lisa Vanderpump strolled into the legendary Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel to have a drink with L.A. news reporter Robert Kovacik on Christmas Eve last year ... when a fight broke out and Kovacik got a face full of knuckles. 

Now, Kovacik has filed a lawsuit against the attacker, Roger Talavera, and the hotel -- claiming his attacker had been drinking like a fish before the incident ... and the hotel SHOULD have cut him off ... but they didn't.

Kovacik claims Talavera got loud and began spewing threats to people in the bar -- but hotel employees allegedly did nothing to defuse the situation.

Kovacik says Talavera eventually made his way over to his table and allegedly punched him in the mouth for no reason -- splitting his lip so badly, that he needed stitches.

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Kovacik wants both Talavera AND the hotel to pay for his medical expenses and other unspecified damages -- and it seems he's after some serious cash.

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Nov. 17 -- A rep for the Bev Hills Hotel tells TMZ the company is "closely examining" the lawsuit.

The rep adds, "The Hotel will review its records of the incident, conduct an internal investigation of the allegations, and then respond to Mr. Kovacik's claims.”

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1.

Mary P    

If all the above is true, he actually does have a case.

1041 days ago
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TMZ - ThatThingYourMamaWarnedYouAbout    

Be sure to include free hotel and room service for a lifetime in your lawsuit. Cry baby!

1041 days ago
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Truth    

BUT WASNT THE CHIC TO BLAME?? DINT THE DUDE MOUTH OFF AT HER CUZ OF THAT CRAPTASTIC REALITY SHOW SHE'S ON?? ...THEN HE PUNCHED THE NEWS GUY FOR GUILT BY ASSOCIATION. SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHT. REMINDS ME OF THAT BRANDY CASE WITH THE TRAINWRECK CAR CRASH AND SHE ENDED UP GETTING SUED AND PAYING FOR THE HOT MESS WHEN SHE WASN'T THE DIRECT FAULT BUT WAS AN INCIDENTAL AT-FAULT. TRUTH!!!

1041 days ago
4.

jj    

Anytime you go out in public you're never guaranteed safety

1041 days ago
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TMZ - ThatThingYourMamaWarnedYouAbout    

Furthermore, where the hell is the video? Hard to believe nobody recorded this 'Bloody Xmas Attack' on their phone. Video or it didn't happen! That's the rules!

1041 days ago
6.

wpgguy    

This proves it,,,,`Reality T.V.`is bad for your health!

1041 days ago
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Sandy    

I love Lisa. Taylor is so jealous of her.

1041 days ago
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HARDY-HAR-HAR    

Hope his lawyer isn't doing this pro bono. Because they're gonna lose. And I hope the dip**** gets countersued.

1040 days ago
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Muppet    

Good! I hate stupid slobbering drunks! Hope he sues him for every penny! Maybe next time he'll learn to stay home and get drunk out of his head. What a jerk!

1040 days ago
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tellmeaboutit     

That's what you get when you run with lowlife, no talent, money grubbers. There's nothing real about the "Real Housewives."

1040 days ago
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nof    

Kovacik's got a point - someone other than Kovacik should pay for this .


It was vicious sucker punch when Kovacik stood up to say, "Enough is enough."


Why should HE be hotel security?


Won't happen again, promise you that much.

1040 days ago
12.

nof    

When you see a loudmouth/bore in a bar.


You don't always suspect.


That they're looking to sucker-punch you.


The Hotel shouldn't even contest this.


From now on put a green dot on everyone's CA drivers license.


So we know which ones are the psychos.


A yellow dot - will indicate non-violent psycho.


This was just awful, man.

1040 days ago
13.

TheUltraworld    

What a *****. He couldn't handle himsel****ainst some drunk *******? Don't sue the Hotel because your wimp, grow a pair & defend yourself. The Hotel is not the reason your a *****.

1040 days ago
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nof    

For The Haters Getting on Kovacik's Case:


There were probably 30 other dudes in the bar -


Letting the guy go on and on and on.


Of the 30 or so - including staff?


One stands up to the guy - Kovacik.


Chivalrous - even heroic.


Where were the other dudes.


You go to these kinds of places -


Because you don't expect drunk Type A's -


Looking to blindside someone.


You assume everyone in there is entertainment or related professional industry - well heeled tourist, etc.


This was humiliating - where's the other dude's remorse?


Is there any - na - didn't think so.

1040 days ago
15.

Louis    

Well......some people here say Kovacik stood up to him. Kovacik claims to be have been sucker punched in the story. First of all Kovacik seems like a douche and he keeps trashy company. Second I am sure the "attacker" was too drunk and should not have still been at the bar. But most of all I KNOW no one just randomly walks up to someone for "no reason" and hits them as Kovacik alleges. At the least Talavara hit him because his newcasts suck.

1040 days ago
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