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Reeves assault claim is dismissed

23 September 08 11:27 GMT

A Los Angeles judge has dismissed assault claims against Keanu Reeves by a photographer who claimed the actor deliberately hit him with his car.

Male paparazzo Alison Silva claimed he was struck by The Matrix star's Porsche while photographing him in March 2007, causing serious injuries.

"There was no evidence of the slightest contact or the slightest touching," judge Elizabeth Grimes said.

The judge ruled Mr Silva could not seek punitive damages against the actor.

She said that the Hollywood star did not act maliciously as he moved his car forward to leave a parking space.

The actor's lawyers argued in court documents that Mr Silva placed his hand on Mr Reeves' car and tripped over his own feet.

Mr Silva will continue with a negligence claim against the actor, which will go to trial in October, said his lawyer Joseph Farzam.

Easier to prove

"Mr Silva is still entitled to fully recover his damages for the injuries he sustained," he said.

"It's much easier to prove that someone was being careless than to prove that Mr Reeves intended to harm Mr Silva."

He said Mr Silva suffered a broken wrist when he fell, and could remain partially disabled.

Mr Reeves, who was not in court for the ruling, said in a sworn statement that he did not try to harm the photographer.

"At no time did my vehicle make contact with Mr Silva other than when [he] bent over and placed his hand on the hood of my car," the statement said.

He added that he stopped the car after Mr Silva fell and brought him water.

He recounted Mr Silva as saying: "I am a paparazzo. He is a movie star. It was an accident!"

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