Photographer sues Chris Brown, Rihanna

December 3, 2008 11:51:49 AM PST
A photographer with tbt*, a St. Petersburg alternative publication, is suing R&B singers Chris Brown and Rihanna, saying their bodyguards beat him and broke his camera.

Luis Santana on Wednesday filed the $1 million lawsuit, which also names the bodyguards and a St. Petersburg club where the attack allegedly occurred May 6. Santana says the bodyguards tore off his shirt, knocked him down and repeatedly kicked him. He's seeking compensation for his $3,000 camera, photos that were lost, injuries and emotional distress.

Brown's attorney, Kenneth Meiselas, denies the singer or his security were involved in the alleged incident.

The Times Publishing Co., which also produces the St. Petersburg Times, owns tbt*. The St. Petersburg Times is not joining the lawsuit.