11/11/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Michael Richards Sued by Photographer For Alleged Beating

"Seinfeld" star Michael Richards allegedly unleashed a devastating ass kicking on a photographer in L.A. last month ... this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ.

According to the suit, photographer Brendon O'Neal claims Richards approached him on an L.A. street on August 25 in a "menacing manner ... with closed fists" -- then proceed to beat the crap out of him.

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