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Pippen sued over alleged attack

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A man who alleges that Scottie Pippen attacked him at a Malibu, Calif., restaurant last month is suing the Basketball Hall of Famer for $4 million, multiple media outlets reported.

Camran Shafighi, 49, maintains in the suit that a request for an photograph from Pippen led to "a brutal and unjustified physical attack." Shafighi says he sustained a head injury that still causes him headaches, nausea and other physical problems.

Pippen was questioned by police and released following the June 23 incident at Nobu Malibu restaurant. No charges were filed.

Shafighi's attorney, Lee Boyd, told the Chicago Tribune that injuries caused by the incident are affecting her client's ability to work. She said he merely wanted a photo for the 12-year-old son of his girlfriend.

Boyd said that Pippen landed a punch to the head that felled Shafighi, then kicked Shafighi "in the head, chest and body" while he was unconscious.

"This has been pretty devastating to him," Boyd said. "This was not the result of some drunken barroom brawl. This is a guy who wanted to take a picture with a cellphone."

In a report, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies stated Shafighi appeared to be intoxicated at the time of the altercation, according to witnesses.

Pippen, 47, starred for the six-time NBA champion Chicago Bulls in the 1990s.

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