James Franco Sued for Allegedly Head-Butting Photographer

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James Franco has been sued by a photographer who claims the actor assaulted him at a Lana Del Rey concert in October 2014.

In a suit filed in Los Angeles Monday, plaintiff David Tonnessen said he was taking photos of Del Rey at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery when he heard a commotion behind him. When Tonnessen turned to see where the noise was coming from, he saw Franco.


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According to the court documents, the “Spider-man” and “Pineapple Express” actor smiled “rather demonically” at Tonnessen, and “with a blank expression of joy on his face,” charged at him. Tonnessen said he was head-butted in the stomach and knocked to the ground. After getting knocked over, he says Franco ran into the crowd, leaving him wounded on the ground.

Tonnessen says his injuries required hospitalization, and he suffered “severe and permanent physical and psychological injuries.”

He’s suing Franco for assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and seeking monetary and punitive damages.

Franco’s reps did not immediately reply to Variety‘s request for comment.

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  1. Michael Anthony says:

    Got that suit in right before the statute of limitations, eh? Those must be some severe injuries, if you wait 2 years to sue. Trouble finding a lawyer??

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