The incident allegedly happened because Lavar posted a video mocking Mike and Kevin Hart
An Atlanta comedian claims he was beaten up for making a video that poked fun at nationally known comedian Mike Epps.
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The alleged beating happened Saturday night outside a northwest Atlanta comedy club. The victim said he plans to file criminal charges against Epps.
On a 15-second video captured on Instagram, Lavar Walker parodies a social media war of words between Mike Epps and another nationally known comedian, Kevin Hart. That video may have sparked the beating that landed Walker at Grady Hospital.
Walker's lawyer, Chris Stewart, said Mike Epps didn't like the parody and came after Walker with his entourage at the comedy club.
"He was told Mr. Epps wanted to see him outside," Stewart said.
According to Lavar's report to police, someone told him that Mike was waiting outside to talk to him. When he got outside, Mike punched him right on his face and then two other men also attacked him.
Witnesses said Lavar never fought back. "He was basically pleading for them to stop," said Bo Micadelic, a local comedian, who saw the incident. "And Mike Epps walked back out the deck, looked at Lavar and said, 'Are you going to call the police now?' And then he said, 'Don't make any more videos of me,' " he added.
TMZ reported that Lavar was sent to hospital for treatment following the alleged beating. In photos obtained by the site, Lavar is seen wearing a neck brace with cuts and bruises on his face.
According to Atlanta police, no arrest warrants have been issued as yet.
The police report does not identify the two men who allegedly beat Walker. It also says Epps drove off. Micadelic said Epps taunted Walker as Walker was calling 911.
"And Mike Epps walked back out the deck, looked at Lavar and said, 'Are you going to call the police now?' And then he said, 'Don't make any more videos of me.'"
Walker had no comment, but his lawyers said they'll pursue criminal charges against Epps and file a civil suit.
"This type of violence over silly things like a joke video has to stop and people have to be held accountable for it," Stewart said.
Epps was the target of assault accusations in April when a woman said he punched her in the face at the premiere of his pal Marlon Wayans's film A Haunted House 2. Those charges were dropped in May.