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'South Beach Tow' Star

Gruesome Gash

After Spinal Surgery

2/10/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0207_neck_injury_tmz_wm"South Beach Tow" star Robert Ashenoff underwent spinal fusion surgery and he plans to use this picture to pry a fortune from producers who he claims are responsible.

TMZ broke the story ... Ashenoff will sue the production company which is owned by Jennifer Lopez -- claiming honchos ordered co-star Larry Diaz to surprise attack him on September 8, 2012 ... all as a ploy to goose ratings.

Ashenoff believes the scripts and raw footage will make his lawsuit airtight  ... so he wants a judge to force producers to hand over the goods.

Ashenoff says he's undergone spinal surgery because his injuries were so bad -- and we're told the 13-hour procedure was gruesome -- 16 screws in his neck.  Total hospital Bill:  $800,000.

0207_neck_xray_tmz_wmWe know the production company insists Diaz didn't intend to harm Ashenoff (think WWE style) ... he just went overboard and the elder Ashenoff took a weird tumble, seriously injuring his spine.

Producers decided against airing the footage -- they were probably scared of a lawsuit. Ashenoff later appeared on the show wearing a neck brace ... which the show claimed was the result of a car accident.

We're told producers have since decided to 86 Ashenoff from future episodes.

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14 COMMENTS

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NOT ELMO    

Ashenoff will sue the production company which is owned by Jennifer Lopez -...................I'M GLAD TO SEE 2014 IS STARTING OFF RIGHT FOR JAY-HO

66 days ago
2.

X    

is that back hair? Hairy mutha ****a

66 days ago
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rcytrcy01@yahoo.com    

File that in the disgusting folder

66 days ago
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pazetozede    

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66 days ago
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Kingsalami    

Maybe that sh# t show will go off the air now.

66 days ago
6.

Meanie    

Who? And we should care because?

66 days ago
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Pondscum    

What? A reality show that is scripted, I would never think it possible! How dare they try to dupe us like that, I mean really...

66 days ago
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TimP    

It only looks like that because they used surgical glue. In av few months you'll hardly notice it and with that back hair you won't be able to find it.

66 days ago
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porkchop    

If that wound was made for surgery then it is NOT a GASH, it is an INCISION.....

66 days ago
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Tianna92    

TMZ needs to look up the definitions of the words 'gash' & 'surgical incision'. Also 16 screws isn't all that 'gruesome' (another word they need to look up). At my current age of 22yrs, I've had 3 spinal fusions . 1 top half of spine & 2 complete fusions. It's not like the guy fell from several stories up or got in some major auto accident causing multiple broken bones & other life threatening injuries. Never the less, neck injuries are bad no matter how they're caused so it's good that the guy is ok. My point: Just stop with the over exaggerations. Also sucks to be Jlo.

65 days ago
11.

Willy    

The incision is on the front of his neck, not the back. There are actually only 4 scews total

63 days ago

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