James Franco accused of headbutting photographer

James Franco is best known for his role in Pineapple Express and the Spider-Man franchise.

James Franco is best known for his role in Pineapple Express and the Spider-Man franchise.

James Franco is being sued by a photographer who claims the actor assaulted him at a Lana Del Rey concert two years ago.

In a suit filed in Los Angeles on Monday, plaintiff David Tonnessen said he was taking photos of Del Rey at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in October 2014 when he heard a commotion behind him.

When Tonnessen turned to see where the noise was coming from, he saw Franco.

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.

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Tonnessen said he was head-butted in the stomach and knocked to the ground. He says Franco then ran into the crowd, leaving him wounded on the ground.

Tonnessen says his injuries required hospitalisation, 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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 - AAP

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