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 (http://bit.ly/W78sfU ) 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.
Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com