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A man who allegedly went on a violent rampage against a friend of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump has turned himself in after being charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to commit great bodily harm.

Sources tell TMZ that Talavera showed up at Judge Elden Fox’s courtroom this morning and surrendered. Talavera pled not guilty and was booked and released on $30,000 bail. If convicted, Talavera faces up to 4 years in prison.

The story behind the case unfolded early on Christmas Eve when Lisa was at the Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel with good friend Robert Kovacik, a reporter for KNBC, when a drunken man taunted them, got in their faces, and then sucker punched Robert in the mouth.

TMZ learned Robert spent the morning at the office of Dr. Paul Nassif — a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon and husband of Lisa’s co-star Adrienne Maloof. It appears the drunken assailant was wearing a heavy ring, because Kovaciks lip was not only split open, the gash went into the muscle tissue. Kovacik received 5 deep sutures and 2 dozen stitches.

A report was filed with the Beverly Hills Police Department.

Lisa went to the BHPD with Robert and told TMZ the assailant’s actions were “disgusting.”

Kovacik frequently covers West Hollywood related stories for KNBC.

Tune in to TMZ on TV weekdays Monday through Friday (check listings)

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