N.Y. photog sues Lohan for car incident

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Lindsay Lohan and her mother have been sued by a freelance photographer who claims the "Georgia Rule" actress hit him with a car in the West Village.

Photographer Giovanni Arnold claims he "sustained severe and permanent personal injuries" when he was struck by the BMW on March 13 on Ninth Avenue between 12th and 13th streets.

Arnold suffered injuries to both knees and was "still getting medical treatment," his lawyer, Marc Mauser, said Tuesday. He said Arnold was seeking unspecified monetary damages "for his pain and suffering and his lost wages."

Robert Stephan Cohen, a lawyer for Lindsay Lohan and her mother, Dina, was in a meeting Tuesday and wasn't immediately available for comment, his office said.

The complaint claims the Lohans were "negligent, careless and reckless" with the vehicle.

The lawsuit, filed last Thursday, says the BMW was owned by Dina Lohan and that her daughter was driving it with her permission.

Arnold was reportedly among several photographers trailing the 20-year-old actress from a nightclub to the Hotel Gansevort in SoHo.

Lohan reportedly told the New York Post in March that one of the photographers jumped on the hood of the car, accidentally knocking Arnold down.

According to Mauser, Arnold was in front of the BMW when Lohan put it in reverse and then in drive, throwing him on the hood and then the ground. He said the actress stopped to check on Arnold before leaving.

The Lohans have 30 days to respond to the lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court in the Bronx, the borough where Arnold lives.
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