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David LaChapelle sued, accused of beating

Thursday, March 07, 2013
US photographer David LaChapelle poses in front of two of his art pieces after a press conference in Berlin, Friday, Dec. 1, 2006. The photo exhibit Newton Nachtwey LaChapelle Men, War and Peace at the Museum of Photography in Berlin is open to the public from Dec. 3, 2006 to May 20, 2007.

US photographer David LaChapelle poses in front of two of his art pieces after a press conference in Berlin, Friday, Dec. 1, 2006. The photo exhibit "Newton Nachtwey LaChapelle Men, War & Peace" at the Museum of Photography in Berlin is open to the public from Dec. 3, 2006 to May 20, 2007. (AP Photo / Franka Bruns)

Celebrity photographer David LaChapelle has been sued for $1 million by a Montana gallery director who claims he beat and choked him.

According to the lawsuit, the Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone photographer attacked James Parmenter at a Manhattan apartment in March 2012.

The suit was filed Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court.

It says Parmenter was chocked "to the point of unconsciousness."

The New York Post reports that LaChapelle's representative denied the allegations.

Paramenter has exhibited LaChapelle's works at his Bigfork Collaborations gallery where his prints go for more than $100,000 each.

LaChapelle has taken portraits of Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna and other celebrities.

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