Photog Sues Aguilera over Bodyguard Brawl

08/11/2004 at 01:00 PM EDT

Photog Sues Aguilera over Bodyguard Brawl
Patrick Catler / RetnaUK
A photographer is suing Christina Aguilera, claiming her bodyguard beat him up and spit on him after taking an unflattering picture of the singer as she was exiting a trendy Hollywood nightclub in May of last year.

Celebrity shutterbug David Keeler claims in the suit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles that he snapped pictures of the Grammy-winner while she "appeared to be intoxicated and needed assistance walking to the car," Agence France-Presse reports.

According to Keeler's claims, once Aguilera's car sped off, her bodyguard Vernon Warren stepped forward to hit him in the mouth and spat on him, at the same time scolding him to "learn respect."

A "dazed, in pain and bloodied" Keeler was also struck again by another man hired by Warren, the suit alleges.

Besides Aguilera, the company that apparently employed the bodyguards also was named in the legal action, which seeks unspecified damages and punitive damages.

There has been no comment from Aguilera's camp.

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine


From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters