Photographer LaChapelle sued, accused of beating

AP News
Posted: Mar 07, 2013 10:21 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — 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.

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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.


Information from: New York Post,