Judge dismisses assault claim against Keanu Reeves

Los Angeles - A Los Angeles judge dismissed assault claims filed against Keanu Reeves by a celebrity news photographer on Monday, saying there was no evidence to support the allegations.

Paparazzi Alison Silva had claimed in a lawsuit that Reeves intentionally drove into him while behind the wheel of his Porsche 911 in March 2007, causing injuries and a loss of earnings for the photographer.

However Los Angeles Superior Court judge Elizabeth Grimes said there were no facts to support Silva's claims of assault against "Matrix" star Reeves.

"There was no evidence of the slightest contact or the slightest touching," Grimes said. "It didn't happen. Plainly Mr. Reeves intended to drive away. That intent is not unlawful."

The judge said Silva had fallen when he tripped on his own feet, adding that Reeves himself appeared to have been the victim of an assault by Silva when the photographer put his hands on the actor's car.

Reeves, who was not in court for Monday's ruling, said in a sworn statement submitted in July 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," Reeves' statement said.

Silva will continue to sue Reeves for negligence in connection with the incident in Rancho Palos Verdes, a posh neighborhood in southwest Los Angeles.

Trial has been set for October 27.

Friday, November 14th 2008

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