Aaron Hernandez Sued — NFL Star SHOT ME in the Face

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New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was sued earlier this month for allegedly shooting a man in the face following an altercation at a Miami strip club … our sources has learned.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Florida on June 13 — five days before investigators searched the NFL star”s Massachusetts home in connection with a homicide investigation that appears to be unrelated.

According to the lawsuit, obtained by our sources, Hernandez and Alexander S. Bradley went to Tootsie”s Cabaret in Miami on February 13, 2013 … and during the outing, the two men got into an argument.

Bradley claims … After the dispute, both men left the club — and got into the same car which was heading to Palm Beach. During the ride, Aaron allegedly aimed his weapon at Bradley … and the gun discharged, striking Bradley in the face.  

Bradley claims he suffered major injuries from the gunshot … including the loss of his right eye.

Bradley also claimed he required major surgery to reconstruct his face … which required plates and screws. Bradley also claims he suffered damage to his right hand and arm, which also required surgery.

There”s more — Bradley claims Aaron was not licensed to carry a firearm in the first place.

Bradley demanded more than $100,000.

But just 4 days after Bradley filed the lawsuit, the case was DISMISSED … and all signs point to settlement.

We reached out to Aaron”s people for comment — so far, no word back.