Scottie Pippen Reportedly Avoids Being Sued for $4 Million by Autograph-Seeker

Tim KeeneyContributor IJuly 11, 2013

Scottie Pippen is being sued for $4 million after reportedly sending a man to the hospital with a head injury last month. 


UPDATE: Tuesday, August 27, at 7:48 p.m. ET

According to TMZ, Scottie Pippen will not be prosecuted for last month's altercation outside of a sushi bar. TMZ adds:

The L.A. County D.A. determined there was simply not enough evidence to prove Scottie did anything wrong during a confrontation with 49-year-old Camran Shafighi outside of Nobu on June 23.  

According to official documents, obtained by TMZ, Pippen -- who's now represented by mega-attorney Mark Geragos -- admitted pushing and spitting at Shafighi but officials determined it was impossible to tell if Pippen was the aggressor or if he was acting in self-defense. 

Plus, officials concluded the victim was FAKING multiple injuries -- and even faked seizures -- in an effort to make Pippen look like the bad guy.  

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Original Text

The AP reports, via ESPN:

Former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen is being sued over a fight with an autograph-seeker at an upscale Southern California restaurant.

Attorneys filed the $4 million lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court. They say Camran Shafighi asked Pippen for an autograph for his girlfriend's son and instead got a "brutal and unjustified" attack.

For the uninitiated, Pippen was involved in a June 23 altercation outside of Nobu restaurant in Malibu.

According to TMZ, plaintiff Camran Shafighi sought out an autograph and picture with Pippen both inside the restaurant and in the parking lot. An argument followed, and Pippen then punched and attacked the victim, reportedly resulting in several serious injuries.

The victim said the attack was unjustified. 

Sources close to Pipper later told TMZ that Pippen was acting in self defense after the victim called him a vulgar name, spit at him and was being "overly aggressive." 

According to investigators, per the AP report, the known facts are that the argument turned violent, Shafighi was treated at a local hospital for a head injury, and Pippen was questioned but not arrested or charged.

A six-time NBA champion and seven-time All-Star, the former Chicago Bulls star played 17 years in the Association and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010. 

Now 47, Pippen currently serves as a senior advisor for the Bulls.