To see Chris Brown and Rihanna smiling and looking happy in their coupledom at the Grammys, one wouldn’t think that the bad boy singer was in a nasty car crash just hours prior to the event. Breezy was driving around in his Porsche this Saturday in L.A when he got mobbed by paparazzi. A spokesperson for the singer explained their side of the story in a detailed statement that read, “The occupants jumped out, with cameras, and aggressively approached his [Brown's] vehicle. In an effort to remove himself from the situation, he began to back down an alley, at which point he was cut off by two additional vehicles. Chris’ vehicle was totaled due to this aggressive pursuit by the paparazzi. He is okay.” We may not be the biggest Brown fans, but if this is what actually went down, then it crosses this line in so many different ways. When will photographers learn to back the eff off? How long till we have another Lady Diana tragic accident? Because of Brown’s legal problems and anger issues — most recently showcased in a fight with Frank Ocean — it’s most likely that he’s an easy target and gets baited by paparazzi just so they have a fight to photograph. Which is such a scummy thing to do. But this is all only valid if it happened in the first place, because the photographers are denying any involvement.
The photographers were from IMF, and their owner, Chris Doherty, told TMZ, “No photographers were following him at the time he crashed … He crashed his car and it’s convenient for him to blame us. He needs to be careful with his defamatory statements.” Chris may just respond with a lawsuit, as his spokesperson also told the site, “We plan on seeking criminal charges and holding them civilly liable.” Whatever happens now, we’re glad Brown is okay and could clean up and come to the Grammys. The Beverly Hills P.D has also issued a statement which details, “… Brown stated that he was being chased by paparazzi causing him to lose control of his vehicle. Brown’s Black Porsche was towed from the scene at his request.” Stay tuned. This one could very well go to court.
[Photo: Getty Images]
A paparazzo is suing Justin Bieber for criminal battery. We repeat: a grown man is suing the Biebs for beating him up. We want to say that again, but won’t be able to type because we’ll be laughing too hard. The deal is that this particular photographer was hounding Justin and girlfriend Selena Gomez in Calabasas, which is where the singer lives. The camera guy’s perspective is that he was trying to take their picture when the Biebs went all “The Hulk” on him, resulting in a fight which made the paparazzo call 911. He then complained that the beat down caused him to hurt his upper torso for which he had to go to hospital in an ambulance. Of course he did. Because when the Biebs hits, he hits hard, right?
Onlookers have a totally different perspective, though. The other side of the story is that there was a scuffle, but right after they were done, a lawyer present on the scene went and convinced the paparazzo to file a case so they could both rake in the moolah. The witnesses reckon that the lawyer pretty much told the photographer to straight up call an ambulance and the police because then the situation could turn into a big pile of money. They also reveal that Justin didn’t get aggressive for no reason. Mr. Paparazzo was actually blocking the singer’s car as he and his girlfriend were trying to leave. When Bieber got out and requested him to move, the photographer refused to and that’s how matters escalated. Even though this case sounds like a whole crock of BS to us, the police still have to investigate as a claim of battery has been made by the guy. Hang in there, Justin!
[Photo: Getty Images]
Note to Rob Kardashian. It isn’t a good idea to mess around with people when cops are around. The young K-Dash brother was hanging out in Miami over the weekend when he noticed a paparazzo clicking photographs of him and his group of friends on Sunday morning. He thought it would be funny to run — which obviously looks menacing — towards the photographer to give him a fright. Now this is the truly hilarious part: the paparazzo ran away …. screaming for help. The image has us cracking up. Sadly, the cops didn’t find it as funny.
TMZ has the story and the video explaining what went down. When Rob tried to explain to the scared pap that it was all a joke, after following him into a smoke shop, the police were already gunning for him. They saw the whole incident and actually handcuffed Rob and put him in the back of a police car for questioning. He was eventually released after explaining everything, but it’s got to have been a pretty weird, embarrassing situation. Bet the photographer’s laughing now!
[Photo: Getty Images]
Yesterday, we expressed our disappointment in Russell Brand after seeing photographic proof that he grabbed a paparazzo’s iPhone and threw it through a window in New Orleans. But Russell doesn’t seem all that disappointed in himself. Quite the opposite actually.
“Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iphone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory,” he tweeted this afternoon. Well, we suppose if you’re going to behave badly, you might as well be funny about it. Kind of.
Previously: Russell Brand Has A Kanye/Chris Brown Moment With Pap’s Phone
[Photo: Splash News Online]
Such is our love for Russell Brand that we didn’t initially believe this story until we saw the whole thing playing out in photos, including the ones above. According to TMZ, photographer Timothy Jackson was in a car, snapping pics of Russell and lady friend Oriela Medellin Amieiro in New Orleans, who were in Brand’s Mustang. There were other photogs around, too, but Brand got out of his car, reached into Jackson’s and snatched the phone out of his hand. The photos show him dropping a phone on the ground. And then we see him standing as if he just tossed something in the air. According to the police report Jackson filed, he threw the phone through the (closed) window of a nearby building.
Oh, dear, Rusty. We know those paps can get annoying, but we’ve heard you talk a lot about how meditation has helped you get over a lot of things, including your many addictions. Sounds like you need a special mantra for this one. Imagine a warm light traveling over you, ignore its similarities to camera flashes, and accept it as public adoration rather than the prying eyes of the media. And when you figure that out, I think we know a celebrity or two who could use it as well (cough, Chris Brown, cough). Also, could you tell us more about Oriela? She seems like an interesting catch!
[Photos: Splash News Online]
This is Ryan Gosling playing up to photographers as they tailed him around NoHo, New York. They clicked away while he was grabbing lunch at Feels Restaurant along with his dog, who he later took for a walk around the neighborhood. Ryan decided to have some fun with it and started pulling faces at the paparazzi and even got fans in on the act as they posed with him. But it doesn’t matter how silly his expressions are. We’re still totally into how chiseled his face is and how big his guns are. And how good he looks in this jeans! Okay — we’re stopping now.
[Photo: Splash News Online]
We can’t imagine how anyone could live with themselves by making money off making childrens’ lives hell. The levels of harassment are shocking. Two paparazzi were tailing Paris Jackson and were so hellbent on getting her pictures that they broke two red lights in the process, apart from driving like maniacs. Clearly, they have learnt nothing from Princess Diana‘s death. These car chases are terrifying and we can’t stress this enough: Paris is only 13 years old. She may be Michael Jackson‘s daughter, but she’s only just begun her teens.
Here’s the really sad part. The police couldn’t arrest them because they weren’t witness to the car chase. They can’t even cite them for like, reckless endangerment or something of the sort. The photographers were handcuffed for a short period of time but not hauled in. Which is such a travesty! Paris has the option to sue them in civil court, though.
Kourtney Kardashian‘s baby daddy Scott Disick has proudly admitted that he’s a clone of Patrick Bateman, the main character in American Psycho. We thought it was limited to his penchant for designer suits and slick hair, but Scott actually has a bit of the old Bateman rage too, especially when it comes to the paparazzi.
Disick flipped out on a photographer that got a bit too close to baby Mason on Wednesday as the family arrived at Miami International Airport and got in his face, screaming “Don’t get that f—g close to my kid, man!” Kourtney put it a bit more diplomatically on her blog the following day, writing “Paparazzi beware. Please don’t get too close to Mason. We don’t like it. Stay at a friendly distance, don’t ask dumb questions and we can all get along.” For more photos of Disick losing it, click through the gallery below.
[Photos: Splash News Online]
Since everyone and their mother (including us and our mothers) are shamefully giggling behind their hands this week about Courteney Cox Arquette’s husband and his emotional melt-down, it’s nice to see his sister Patricia Arquette defending David Arquette. Now, did she have to do it by losing her marbles on the red carpet? We’ll let the courts decide.
While with her bro at Wednesday’s ONEXONE Foundation Gala event in New York, Patricia hulked out on a group of reporters asking questions about the Cox-Arquette situation. Patricia snarled, “”How are you doing? How is your kid doing? Have you ever had anything happen in your life? WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the worst thing that youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever had happen to you? Do you ever masturbate? Have you ever had an abortion? I mean, can you imagine these kind of questions? Can you imagine? Can you imagine? ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not alright! ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not alright!” Patricia, don’t give David any more ideas! He was probably standing behind her the whole time, furiously taking notes so he knows what embarrassing things to bring up in public.
And is it really “not alright” for us to ask questions about Arquette’s very public, very gruesome separation saga? Normally we would (reluctantly) agree with Patty, despite our own burning, evil love of celeb gossip. However, if someone willfully goes to a shock jock and dishes on the intimate details of their emotional and sexual life in a totally cray-cray manner? Sorry: they clearly want the public to know. And if that person does it more than once? On HOWARD STERN? At this rate David is eventually going to get his own program where he just read’s Courteney’s old tax returns out loud and sobs. We won’t even going to pretend we wouldn’t TIVO that.
Watch out paparazzi! Russell Brand is looking to shove dudes and smash cameras, and not even the law can’t stop him! Arrested for battery following a run-in with a photographer he claims was taking an upskirt of lady friend Katy Perry, it turns out Russell Brand won’t be charged with anything. Now if you want to see Katy Perry’s underwear, you’ll just have to look at EVERY CONCERT PHOTO OF KATY PERRY EVER TAKEN.
Says the L.A. City Attorney’s Office spokesman Frank Mateljan of the dismissal, “This is the only action as of now. Based on the info, it has been determined that this is the most appropriate action at this time.” Mateljan then clutched his giant portfolio of Katy Perry panty pictures to his chest and gave a big wink. Oddly, while Brand won’t be thrown in the clink anytime soon, he must meet the photographer who put him under citizen’s arrest in court on Nov. 19, either to hug it out or be yelled at by a judge, we’re not sure. Wow, don’t let people know they can put unruly celebs under citizen arrest. Lindsay Lohan won’t be able to make it to the mailbox without being slide-tackled. [Photo: Getty Images]