The photographer Chris Brown allegedly punched in the face says the beatdown was so brutal he's missing work, prepping for a lawsuit and pressing charges with cops.
Bennie Vines tells us his busted lip is just one of several injuries he got when the fight broke out. TMZ broke the story ... Vines says Brown "sucker punched" him, and beat him to a pulp after he snapped a few pics early Monday morning inside a Tampa nightclub.
Vines says he's pissed because he was basically assaulted for doing his job. He filed a police report, and cops are now investigating Brown for battery -- but Vines says that's just the start.
That was a pretty gnarly little bout of fisticuffs.. Now obviously we don't have all the facts yet so we will have to wait and see what we are missing. But apparently the photog, Bennie Vines, was just doing his job taking pics. Well, he said "basically" so that makes me thing something sketchy was going on. But one thing is for sure, he is prepared to go after Chris Brown in court! Check out the gnarly pics here...