Court documents show David Tonnessen said he was taking photos at Del Rey’s show at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery when Franco approached him from behind, charged at him and headbutted him in the stomach, knocking him to the ground before disappearing back into the crowd.
Tonnessen said Franco smiled “rather demonically” and “with a blank expression of joy on his face.”
The photographer alleges he was left with “severe and permanent physical and psychological injuries.”
Tonnessen is suing for assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and is looking for monetary and punitive damages.
Franco has not commented on the charges.