LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former TMZ photographer sued Britney Spears
on Friday over an incident in which his foot was run over.
Ricardo Mendoza filed a civil lawsuit in Los Angeles on Friday
against her, claiming that Spears negligently operated her car and
committed assault and battery when she ran over his foot in Beverly
Hills on Oct. 18, 2007.
Several media outlets picked up footage of the incident,
including celebrity gossip site TMZ, where Mendoza worked at the
TMZ, which first reported the lawsuit, auctioned off his
tire-stained sock and donated the proceeds to charity.
Mendoza is also suing a pair of Spears' companies, claiming
their agents should have known that Spears wasn't capable of
properly driving the vehicle.
The incident happened during a turbulent period for Spears, who
hours earlier had lost custody of her two sons. The singer, whose
most recent album is "Circus," has since regained visitation
Her father, Jamie, has maintained control of the 27-year-old
Spears' personal and financial affairs since February 2008.
Spears was accused of running over another photographer's foot a
month after the incident involving Mendoza, but prosecutors said in
that incident it was more the photographer's fault. They declined
to press charges.
An e-mail message sent to Spears' publicist seeking comment was
not immediately returned Friday.
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