Videographer R.J. Capak said he was at NBC studios in Midtown on Oct. 27 waiting to film actress Rose McGowan when the paparazzi got a heads up that the rapper was en route.
Capak, 64, said he began filming 2 Chainz, born Tauheed Epps, as the Atlanta-based entertainer walked into 30 Rockefeller Plazafor for a voice over on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
According to Capak, bodyguard Rory Smith made sure to keep the cameramen away from 2 Chainz, who has relied on crutches to get around since breaking his leg in August.
But then Smith charged at Capak, the videographer said, brandishing one of 2 Chainz’ crutches.“The bodyguard came at me with the crutch like he’s gonna joust me,” Capak told the Daily News a week after the attack.
The next moments were a blur, the videographer said. He heard a loud metal noise and was knocked unconscious. He woke up on the lobby floor of NBC Studios, Capak said.
“Celebrity photographers should not be assaulted simply because they are doing their job,” said Capak’s attorney Sanford Rubenstein, who is expected to file a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday against the award-winning rapper and Smith.
The bruised and battered cameraman is suing for an unspecified amount for punitive damages.
“We look foward to a jury determining the damages he is entitled to for the serious injuries he sustained,” said Rubenstein.