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Brittny Gastineau 'Attacker'

It Was Mutual Combat

6/11/2014 12:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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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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16.

Chgome    

Oh no watch out everyone. A new fame whore is on the loose. They will do anything for fame, here is a good example, as Harvey says, "you gain fame by either having people love or hate you and they all shoot for hate because they have nothing else to offer.
DO NOT FALL FOR THIS PIGS TRAP. DO NOT MAKE HER FAMOUS. PROBABLY A SET UP FROM HER NEW MANAGER KRIS JENNER, WHO IS HER MOM"S BEST FRIEND.

133 days ago
17.

BadGirlBadger    

Who the hell are these people?

133 days ago
18.

Sheldon Siegel    

He seems like a detached Retna.

133 days ago
19.

JLS    

She is one of KIM KARDASHIAN's BEST FRIENDS! Sort of odd TMZ left that part OUT........

133 days ago
20.

barb    

Surprised that she made a big deal with the paps last night? Kimmode's BFF? Whores of a feather flock together!

133 days ago
21.

Dmarsalli    

Mutual combat? Come on your ***** ass lawyer can do better than that!! How fn low s*** is your lawyer? You call hitting a woman mutual or ok?

133 days ago
22.

Italia    

If that's true, then let's see his black eye and the cut on his cheek.

133 days ago
23.

Shaken not stirred    

Once again, classy.

133 days ago
24.

Chgome    

she was probably involved in a drug deal, ugly thing isn't she ?

133 days ago
25.

belyoe    

Retna has had a really great career in painting..he was never afraid to hit the hot bay area spots back I'm the day..our culture is a tight knit one and I'll be the first to tell you that he is a good guy in an unfortunate incident.

133 days ago
26.

Wow ...    

Just so you know, friends do not assault one another. There is no friendly mutual combat. Love and violence do not belong in the same sentence, whether you are male or female - if there is violence run like hell!

133 days ago
27.

Sili'LilSkoolgrl    

Since TMZ is milking this - let me expound on what really happened.
Marquis wasn't invited to the wedding. Gassy girl put on her best bandage dress and made Blaine's sausage disappear. Marquis got wind of it and smacked the bitch up.
Any questions?

133 days ago
28.

Rectum? Damn Nearly Killed Him!!    

I was just looking at my watch wondering when 'The Black Guy' was going to check in for beating a woman.... Just like clockwork!!!

133 days ago
29.

Tazz    

Nice publicity stunt for both of them. Either press charges, or it's bogus!

133 days ago
30.

sfrandiver    

God they love drama. I am agree probably mutual combat, but couldn't walk without crutches?

133 days ago
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