A former production manager is suing Eddie Griffin, accusing the funnyman of a drunken assault while working on a TV pilot in March.
The lawsuit was filed today in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Griffin and the Leslie Greif Company by Vince Beane, who worked on a VH1 reality series tentatively titled The Eddie Griffin Project. (View the court docs.)
The plaintiff claims that on March 10 the comic actor wrongfully accused Beane of slighting Griffin’s mother by “treating her, like a slave nigga” or a “ghetto Momma on junior prom night just waiting to get slammed” because, per producers orders, he booked her and Griffin into a “cheap three-star hotel.”
Beane’s complaint accuses the production company of plying the erstwhile Malcolm & Eddie star and others with more than six bottles of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, which purportedly caused Griffin to go off on Beane, grabbing him by the collar and smacking him around for failing to find better accommodations.
“That was for my Momma…she ain’t no nappy-headed ho,” Griffin is quoted as saying in the court documents.
For his part, Griffin’s rep called Beane’s allegations “completely absurd” and “without merit.”
Beane also blasts his employers for failing to provide adequate security to ensure his safety.
“The Leslie Greif Company negligently failed to advise Vince Bean of the violent propensity of the inebriated Eddie Griffin and his short and uneasy temper of which they were well aware and encouraged in hopes it would enhance his outrageous behavior,” the suit states.
“This failure to warn created an unsafe environment and perilous situation for the unsuspecting plaintiff.”
The suit contends that Beane suffered “severe bodily injury and emotional distress” along with “loss of enjoyment of life.”
The production manager says he didn’t fight back, fearing retaliation from Griffin’s five-man posse, which includes a former heavyweight boxer.
Beane is seeking unspecified general and special damages to pay for medical expenses, as well as wage loss and loss of future earning capacity.