Add Leonardo DiCaprio to the list of celebs who have had it with the paparazzi.
The Aviator star, 30, tells BBC News that the photographers who constantly follow him make him “miserable” – and could easily cause a fatal accident. And DiCaprio says he hopes a law will be passed to curb the aggressive photos.
“I hate a lot of them … but I have to find a way to deal with it until there’s a law,” he said. “I hope there is for my sake and the sake of many others because there may be an accident someday and we may lose somebody.”
The “stalkerazzi,” as they are often called, were blamed by some for the car crash that killed Princess Diana and her companion Dodi Al Fayed in 1997.
DiCaprio’s publicist, Ken Sunshine, who also represents Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck, among others, has been speaking out about the paparazzi following Timberlake and girlfriend Cameron Diaz’s run-in with photographers outside Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont earlier this month.
Diaz reportedly wrestled the camera away from one of the men, and later gave it to cops. The photographers, Saul Lazo and Jose Gonzalez, are now suing the celeb couple, accusing them of assault.
Sunshine tells the BBC that the situation with overly-aggressive photographers is “totally out of control.”
“The context of that (DiCaprio’s) statement refers to the stalkarazzis, who tail celebrities endlessly and follow them in cars, often trying to cause accidents so that they can get a photo which will be worth more money,” he said.