The celebrity paparazzi relationship has always been tricky. This chronological list of paparazzi attacks shows the stars who fight back after one too many questions or a photographer gets a little too close. Many of these celebrities have had more than one run in with photographers that came to blows.
But some celebrities choose not to use their fists. Instead, they get creative. Hugh Grant attacked a photographer with a can of baked beans, and Britney Spears went after a paparazzo’s car with an umbrella. Avril Lavigne has spit on photographers on multiple occasions.
Sean Penn and Alec Baldwin both have long reputations for attacks on paparazzi. Penn once even dangled a photographer from a hotel room balcony. But 19-year-old Justin Bieber is giving those veterans some stiff paparazzi attack competition. Photographers should almost be expecting a Justin Bieber fight these days. And if he doesn’t want to fight himself, he’ll send his bodyguards out in his place.
British celebrities Lily Allen, Sienna Miller, and Amy Winehouse all took legal action against photography agencies that wouldn’t leave them alone, preventing paparazzi from following them and getting too close to their homes.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is one of the most common places for a celebrity fight to occur. Kanye West, Sienna Miller, Mike Tyson, Russell Brand, and Miley Cyrus have all had famous LAX paparazzi run-ins.Which celebrity has had the most paparazzi attacks? Who should photographers know by now to stay away from? Look below to see if the celebrity you associate with paparazzi attacks is on the list.
Avatar star Sam Worthington was charged with assault on February 23, 2014, after he allegedly punched a photographer in the face. Worthington was with his girlfriend, Australian model Lara Bingle, who left the scene with a bruise on her leg. The photographer involved, Sheng Li, had a cut on his nose.Both Worthington and Li were arrested and released after their court dates had been set. Worthington was latter arraigned on two counts of misdemeanor assault, attempted assault and one count of harassment.
Birthplace: Godalming, United Kingdom
Profession: Film Producer, Actor
Credits: Avatar, Clash of the Titans, Terminator Salvation, Wrath of the Titans
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Alec Baldwin has a bit of a reputation for his many run-ins with paparazzi over the years. In August 2013, in New York, he shoved photographer Paul Adao into a car after he saw Adao tailing him. Police arrived, and both Baldwin and Adao admitted to pushing each other. No arrests were made.Baldwin should have fewer incidents with the paparazzi in the future, as he announced in February 2014 that he has decided to quit public life.
Birthplace: Amityville, New York, United States of America
Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Author, Actor, Voice acting
Credits: The Departed, Beetlejuice, The Aviator, 30 Rock
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Lamar Odom didn't take well to the paparazzi questions in July 2013 about his fidelity. When photographer Stefan Saad asked Odom if he cheated on Khole, he took matters (and apparently a crowbar) into his own hands.Skip to the 50-second mark to see the damage. Saad sued Odom in September 2013 for assault and damages in excess of $565,000.
Birthplace: South Jamaica, New York City, New York, United States of America
Profession: Basketball player, Actor
Credits: Khloé & Lamar, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Hood of Horror, Kobe Doin' Work
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Kanye West wasn't kidding when he told the paparazzi to never talk to him EVER. When a photographer didn't follow West's rules after his arrival at LAX in July 2013 (see video), it resulted in paramedics on the scene. West has had other run-ins as well, often claiming that he was protecting wife Kim Kardashian.
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
Profession: Film Score Composer, Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, + more
Credits: The Great Gatsby, Mission: Impossible III, The Hangover, The Hangover Part II
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