RadarOnline.com has learned that Jersey Shore star, Pauly D, is being sued by 21-year-old hairdresser, Kenneth Hoffman, following an altercation at the Bamboo Lounge in New Jersey on July 1st 2009.
In a lawsuit filed late last month, Hoffman's attorneys, Jean Donoghue-Simon and John Novak state that Pauly D punched their client in the face, going on to claim that Hoffman was "savagely beaten."
A source close to Pauly tells a very different story though, claiming it's a completely frivolous lawsuit.
The source also claims the altercation was actually started by Hoffman - saying he pushed aggressively into Pauly D's Jersey Shore co-star, Vinny, prompting Pauly to lash out in protection of his buddy.
"There's no merit to this lawsuit at all," the source tells RadarOnline.com exclusively. "I feel badly for Pauly, as this went down it was just a reaction punch."
Hoffman though says he suffered a severe injury to his cervical spine for which he later required spinal-fusion surgery.
He also claims he was out of work for about eight weeks and currently has been able to return to work only on a limited basis.
The lawsuit, filed in Superior Court in Ocean County, names MTV, its parent company, Viacom International, Jersey Shore and its producers 495 Productions, Pauly D, Bamboo Bar, and Bamboo Bar bouncer Thomas McDade as defendants.