LOS ANGELES (CN) – Two paparazzi tossed out just before last month’s taping of “The Bachelor” wedding have sued for battery and false imprisonment.
Eric Brogmus and Maximiliano Lopez Jr. say O & R Protective Services, Disney/ABC Television Group and the show’s producer, Next Entertainment, “breached their duty of reasonable conduct by attacking and detaining or authorizing the attack and retention” of the two men who say they were “lawfully on a public place.”
The two were taking pictures of “Bachelor” couple Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney before the couple’s Feb. 27 wedding near the Tarranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. A video clip posted on X17online.com shows a security guard choking one of the photographers and taking him to the ground.
The lawsuit doesn’t describe the incident, but says guard Jose Antonio Revilla “and several of his agents … attacked, detained and made false claims” against the two photographers.
Lopez and Brogmus were arrested by Los Angeles officials on suspicion of misdemeanor battery and unlawful blocking of a sidewalk, according to the Los Angeles Times. Prosecutors decided there wasn’t enough evidence to charge the men.
The two seek unspecified damages for medical expenses and lost earnings.
They are represented in Superior Court by Thomas Johnston with Johnston & Hutchinson LLP.