Media & Communications Law

Victims or Whiners? L.A. Celebrities Seek Protection Against Paparazzi

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Complaining that they are being besieged by the tabloid photographers, celebrities met with Los Angeles officials yesterday to seek protection from further harassment.

“But Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton criticized many of the ideas as unenforceable, and one head of a photo agency characterized some of the celebrities as whiners,” writes Reuters.

A task force convened by Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine spoke with celebrities including actors Milo Ventimiglia and Eric Roberts and singer John Mayer at City Hall yesterday, to discuss the need for new laws to deal with a new breed of super-aggressive tabloid photographers, reports the Los Angeles Times.

“They act like a pack of wolves, stalking their prey,” Zine told the task force. “What we’re trying to do is prevent a tragedy from happening.”

In a news conference the chief called at the same time as the public hearing, however, he said some 40 state laws already provide an adequate legal structure to protect celebrities, the Times reports.

“If you notice, since Britney started wearing clothes, Paris is out of town and not bothering anybody anymore, thank God, and evidently Lindsay Lohan has gone gay, we don’t seem to have much of an issue,” Bratton said.

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