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Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers stands on the court during warmups for the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Oct. 31, 2014. (Credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Clippers forward Blake Griffin has been charged with one count of misdemeanor battery in connection with an incident in Las Vegas that occurred Oct. 19.

Clark County authorities released the criminal complaint against Griffin to media on Wednesday.

Griffin, 25, allegedly used force or violence on Daniel Schuman by “squeezing … Schuman’s hand and shoulder and/or slapping him in the face,” states the complaint, which was filed Nov. 5.

The incident was related to an altercation involving a camera, a Los Vegas Metropolitan Police Department spokesman said last month. The confrontation took place at the TAO nightclub within The Venetian.

Los Angeles Clippers Vice President of Communications Seth Burton said in an email that he could not go into detail about the charge because the case is open, but he offered comments from coach Doc Rivers that were made Oct. 22, when the allegations first came to light.

“I trust Blake 100 percent,” Rivers said. “He’s a great kid. We’ll figure it out and get through it.”

Rivers said he was confident “things will work out.”

Griffin was scheduled to appear in Las Vegas Township Justice Court on Dec. 8, Clark County records indicate.