Photographer David LaChapelle sued, accused of beating
Photographer David LaChapelle attends his "From Darkness To Light" exhibition opening at Lever House on June 2, 2011, in New York. / Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images
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 New York City apartment in March 2012.
The suit, filed Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court, says Parmenter was choked "to the point of unconsciousness."
The New York Post reports that a rep for LaChapelle 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, 49, has taken portraits of Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna and other celebrities.
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