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Brittny Gastineau 'Attacker'

It Was Mutual Combat

6/11/2014 12:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The man who allegedly viciously attacked Brittny Gastineau was himself badly injured during their altercation ... and his lawyer tells TMZ it was a case of mutual combat.

Marquis Lewis -- a famous street artist who goes by the name Retna -- was dating Brittny.  He had checked into the London Hotel in West Hollywood a week ago Monday to recuperate from major knee surgery -- surgery that had just been performed.

Retna's lawyer, Michael Goldstein, tells TMZ ... Brittny came to visit a week ago Tuesday night and they got into a major argument.

Goldstein says his client was almost defenseless from the physical attack because he was unable to walk without crutches.   We're told there was lots of swinging, and in the end Retna was also seriously injured -- his face and eye were swollen, his painting hand was injured and his ear was cut up.

Goldstein says, "Retna was not the aggressor."  That said, Goldstein tells TMZ his client harbors no ill will, calling Brittny "sweet."  He says, "They're cool with each other."

Goldstein says Retna and Brittny are in the process of settling their differences and he's surprised Brittny made a spectacle last night at paparazzi-riddled restaurants.

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EL444    

Wow Thought It Would Hv Bn Blaine. She Def Strikes Me As Psycho

43 days ago
2.

Livvie     

Riiiight....

43 days ago
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summermason    

What a bunch of losers

43 days ago
4.

Stiletto    

Liar, liar, pants --and panties-- on fire!

43 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

He looks fat and guilty

43 days ago
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at    

hmm shes friends w a kartrashian which makes her trash by association. i dont condone violence period but attacking someone who just got out of a knee surgery, couldnt walk and probably messed up on pain pills might have deserved it. and she didnt press chrgs bc she knows shes in the wrong.. trash!

43 days ago
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John    

Why wouldn't she make a fuss; she's a fame whore!

43 days ago
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Surfgirl    

Yea like always women covering up the abuser!

43 days ago
9.

static    

I know Mark is getting on up there in age but I'm pretty sure he could kick that jabroni's ass.

43 days ago
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01void    

He did a nice job of painting her eye with his fist

43 days ago
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verlinda    

Rough Sex

43 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

She needs more lesson's from her buddies. How much does a "famous street artist" actually earn?

43 days ago
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Cookie Lady    

I'm certainly not condoning DV but she had one strike to her face. Most women who get the crap beat out of them have faces that look more like Rihanna's than hers. I do hope Kim takes a good hard look because she'll be looking way worse than this when Kanye starts on her ... if he hasn't already.

43 days ago
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Mitch Sorenstein    

This is an orchestrated money grab that Gastinhoe came up with for publicity. If she initiated the fight she deserved what she got she doesn't deserve a dime

43 days ago
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CCC    

Usually there's two sides to each story, then there is a third which is made up by TMZ.

43 days ago
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