Was Tim McGraw provoked when he was caught slapping a fan? New video from TMZ shows, Jesslyn Taylor slapping Tim's behind FIVE times. That was BEFORE she was seen ripping his pants.

Taylor has hired a personal injury lawyer and is suing Tim. Her lawyer told TMZ, his ‘ client was nothing more than an enthusiastic fan who was part of the show’s ‘interactive environment’ and merely wanted a touch.’

That was a LOT of touches, in inappropriate places.

McGraw said he acted instinctively to try and keep her from ripping his jean. ‘It is one of those things that happen, nobody feels good about it, but there’s nothing that could be done about it. You are in that position, you are out there, you are vulnerable, things happen and sometimes you react. There’s nothing to be said about it.

Police had sided with McGraw. Based on the videos, they feel the fan WAS acting aggressively and Tim’s reaction wasn’t out of line. That was BEFORE the new video surfaced.