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Sunday
Feb102013

Chris Brown Crashes Car While Evading Paparazzi

Chris Polk/FilmMagic(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) – Chris Brown crashed his Porsche into a wall while evading paparazzi on the eve of the Grammy awards, police in Beverly Hills said.

A representative for Brown, who is nominated at tonight’s awards show for best urban contemporary album, said the R&B singer was on his way to a charity event when he was cut off by two vehicles.“The occupants then jumped out with cameras and aggressively approached his vehicle,” the singer’s representative told ABC News.

Brown reportedly turned down an alley to evade the photographers, but was trapped by two other vehicles and ended up slamming into a wall.

The crash comes at the end of a difficult week for Brown.

On Wednesday, he appeared in court to face accusations that he violated his probation by submitting false community service records in connection with his sentence for assaulting Rihanna in 2009.

At the hearing, Superior Court Judge James Brandlin asked for additional reports and set a new hearing date of April 5.

Mark Geragos, a lawyer for Brown, told KABC that Brown “didn’t violate anything.”  Geragos said the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office “should be ashamed of themselves [because] they besmirched the reputation of Chris Brown based on no evidence.”

Brown, by prior agreement, has been completing his community service obligation in his home state of Virgina, but the L.A. County District Attorney claimed in legal documents, posted by the Los Angeles Times, that Brown may have faked his community service work and that documentation of his hours were, “at best sloppy, and at worst fraudulent reporting.”

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Friday
Feb082013

Steven Tyler on Hand for Anti-Paparazzi Act Hearing in Hawaii

Christopher Peterson/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Steven Tyler has had enough of the paparazzi and he's lending his star power -- and his name -- to a new law in Hawaii that seeks to limit photographers' ability to snap the stars.

The so-called "Steven Tyler Act," initiated by the Aerosmith rocker himself and written by his manager Dina LaPolt, would provide a legal remedy for celebrities who are photographed by paparazzi while involved in "personal or familial activity."

The anti-paparazzi bill goes beyond what some states already have in place to protect celebs.  More than just a limit on invasion of privacy, the law would impose liability on paps who use zoom lenses or audio devices to grab and then sell images or audio of stars who are in their homes or inside other private places.

Hawaii Senate Bill 465 is being presented at a Senate hearing in Honolulu on Friday and Tyler will be on hand, as will fellow rocker and Hawaii resident Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac. The bill already enjoys support from two-thirds of the Senate.

"The paradise of Hawaii is a magnet for celebrities who just want a peaceful vacation,” Tyler said in a statement.  "As a person in the public eye, I know the paparazzi are there and we have to accept that. But when they intrude into our private space, disregard our safety and the safety of others, that crosses a serious line that shouldn't be ignored.”

The bill reportedly has the support of a slew of other celebrities, including Avril Lavigne, Tommy Lee, Britney Spears, and Ozzy Osbourne and his family.

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Thursday
Jan032013

Miley Cyrus Criticizes Paparazzi After Photog Dies Trailing Car

@MileyCyrus(LOS ANGELES) -- Miley Cyrus believes there's a lesson to be learned from the death of a paparazzo who was fatally struck by a car Tuesday while attempting to snap pictures of Justin Bieber's Ferrari after it was pulled over in Los Angeles.

Cyrus tweeted on Wednesday, "Hope this paparazzi/JB accident brings on some changes in '13 Paparazzi are dangerous! Wasn't Princess Di enough of a wake up call?!"

She said no one should blame Bieber for the accident.  She continued, "This was bound to happen! Your mom teaches u when your a child not to play in the street! The chaos that comes with the paparazzi acting like fools makes it impossible for anyone to make safe choices."

Bieber, who wasn't in the car at the time of the accident, released a statement Wednesday, saying, “While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim."

He added, “Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders, and the photographers themselves."

TMZ.com has reported that rapper Lil Twist was behind the wheel of Bieber's Ferrari at the time of the incident.  The paparazzo hasn’t been named by authorities.

Paparazzi have had many dangerous run-ins with Bieber, including a high-speed chase last July that led to the arrest of a photographer.  At the time, Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine said Bieber was to blame and deserved to be arrested.

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Wednesday
Jan022013

Paparazzo Fatally Struck by Car While Photographing Justin Bieber's Ferrari

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Police say a paparazzo was killed Tuesday evening in Los Angeles after being struck by a car as he was trying to snap photos of Justin Bieber's white Ferrari, which had been pulled over by a highway patrol officer for speeding.  Bieber was not in the car.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the paparazzo was warned to stay away as he snapped pics of the traffic stop on Sepulveda Boulevard and was struck by a passing motorist on the busy thoroughfare.  The motorist stopped and tried to render aid to the unidentified photographer after the accident, but he died at a nearby hospital.

Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the accident.  No charges are expected to be filed.

Thibault Mauvilain, a fellow photographer and friend of the dead paparazzo, said the victim "loved the people that he was following," and "always played by the rules."

On Wednesday, Bieber released a statement through a spokesperson, saying, "While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim."

"Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders, and the photographers themselves," Bieber added.

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Thursday
Oct252012

Russell Crowe Leads Photographers on Wild Bike Chase Through NYC

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Russell Crowe recently gave several members of the paparazzi a runaround that would wear out most folks. 

A paparazzo working for the Daily News says he and several other photographers followed Crowe on bicycles for more than seven miles through the streets of New York City as the actor pedaled from his Manhattan hotel to a movie set in Brooklyn.

J.B. Nicholas says he jumped on his bike and proceeded to pursue Crowe through lower Manhattan and eventually over a bridge to Brooklyn.

"I and five other two-wheeling cameramen followed, but most gave up from exhaustion," Nicholas recalls, adding, "There were two of us left and Crowe's bodyguard was trying to block us."

Nicholas says when the chase ended at the movie set where Crowe is filming on location, the actor proclaimed, "You missed the best shot.  I just gave you the finger!”

Crowe later took to Twitter to comment on the incident, saying, "11.6km bike ride to work, meditative peace of the morning ritual decimated by paparazzi...on bicycles...Only in NY folks."

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Tuesday
Aug282012

Report: George Clooney to Sell Italian Villa to Escape Paparazzi

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- George Clooney is reportedly looking to sell his mansion on the shores of Lake Como in Italy because members of the paparazzi are permanently camped outside when the star is home and they follow his every move.

The Hollywood Reporter quotes a report by Italian news program TG 24 that says the intrusiveness of the press has gotten to the point where Clooney’s current girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, has given him an ultimatum that he choose the villa or her.

If the report is true, it could mean the end of Clooney's 10-year love affair with the region.  Two years after buying Villa Oleandra in 2002, the 51-year-old actor was made an honorary citizen of Laglio, the town where the villa is located.

The Hollywood Reporter says Clooney also filmed his 2010 movie The American in Italy after he promised the residents of the earthquake-ravaged region of Abruzzo that he would shoot a movie there to help their local economy.

Clooney was also romantically linked to Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis for almost five years and is a regular face at the Venice Film festival.

In an interview with TG 24, photographer Pierpaolo Ferreri defends the actions of the paparazzi, saying, “Clooney is a public figure.  We stay out of the house and try to photograph him when he comes out.  What’s wrong with that?  Let us do our jobs.”

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Thursday
Jul262012

Criminal Charges Filed Against Paparazzo in Justin Bieber Chase

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Criminal charges have been filed against a paparazzo who was caught trailing singer Justin Bieber in a high-speed chase July 6 in Los Angeles.

Paul Raef, 30, was charged with following another vehicle too closely and reckless driving with the intent to capture pictures for commercial gain, one count of reckless driving and one count of failing to obey the lawful order of a peace officer, according to a news release from the Los Angeles City Attorney.

Raef’s charges stem from a high-speed chase on Los Angeles’ 101 Freeway July 6. The “Boyfriend” singer, driving his chrome Fisker Karma, told police he was being chased by a pack of paparazzi. Raef, in a Toyota Rav 4, was one of six paparazzi spotted by police driving more than 80 mph across all lanes and, at times, going onto the shoulder to pass other cars. Raef “forced his way into lanes of traffic, despite having no room to merge safely,” causing drivers around him to slam on their brakes, according to the Los Angeles City Attorney.

Police tried to pull over each of the paparazzi, as well as Bieber, but only Bieber responded. He was cited with speeding and released but is scheduled to appear in court in September.

Thirty minutes later, Bieber notified police he was being chased again by Raef. Police found Raef, with other paparazzi, in a parking garage in downtown Los Angeles, where they identified him as the driver.

If convicted, Raef faces up to one year in the county jail and fines up to $3,500. He is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 9.

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Wednesday
Jul182012

Tom Cruise Leads Paparazzi on High-Speed Chase

James Devaney/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Actor Tom Cruise made his action movie career a reality Wednesday when he allegedly led paparazzi on a high-speed chase through Manhattan.

The recently divorced actor, along with his 6-year-old daughter, Suri, led paparazzi on a 20-minute chase through Manhattan's West Side, according to the New York Daily News.

The Rock of Ages actor and his daughter left the Greenwich Hotel in Manhattan’s Lower West Side in a black Chevy Suburban Wednesday afternoon and headed toward a heliport at 12th Avenue and West 29th Street, blowing through red lights along the way.

At least 10 cars and six motorcyclists and bicyclists followed Cruise as his SUV reached 20 mph beyond the speed limit, according to the Daily News. One van was even pulled over by police.

The chase came just two days after Suri got into a fender bender with her mom, actress Katie Holmes. The pair was traveling on the West Side of Manhattan Monday evening when their chauffeured car was struck by a garbage truck, E! News reported. Neither Holmes nor her daughter were hurt and there was only minor damage to their Mercedes.

Meanwhile, the 33-year-old actress was spotted Wednesday heading solo to a spin class in New York City, according to the Daily Mail.

Holmes and Cruise settled their divorce July 9. Suri is their only child.

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Thursday
Jun142012

Paparazzo Seeking Medical Expenses from Lindsay Lohan

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Lindsay Lohan is being sued by a paparazzo for $16,468 in medical expenses for alleged injuries he suffered after being struck by a car in which the actress was a passenger, eonline.com reports.

Photographer Grigor Balyan claims he was struck by Lohan's car outside a Los Angeles nightclub in 2010.

Balyan alleges he was taking pictures of the Mean Girls star when a car her assistant was driving struck him, causing him orthopedic and neurologic injuries.  The photographer says he's seeking "reasonable compensation," but according to his lawyer, Lohan's insurance company has only made him an "insignificant offer."

Balyan first filed a lawsuit against Lohan in January, and recently filed court papers asking for compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of property among other things.  Lohan was served with the complaint on Sunday.

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Thursday
May312012

Halle Berry's Annoying Paparazzo May Help Her Custody Case

Steve Granitz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- The celebrity shutterbug who tangled with Halle Berry when he took shots of her daughter Nahla outside the girl's school earlier this month will be called to the stand in her custody case against baby daddy Gabriel Aubrey.

TMZ reports Andrew Deetz will be questioned by the Oscar winner's lawyers in family court to help prove Berry's case that she should be allowed to move with her daughter to Paris, a trip Aubrey opposes.

Paparazzi in France are considered more respectful than their U.S.-based counterparts, and snaps of celebrity children are blurred to protect their privacy.

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