Diaz Accuses Photographer of Assault

Diaz tells police a paparazzo tried to hit her and Justin Timberlake with his car

Cameron Diaz has filed a police report charging a photographer with assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly trying to hit her and boyfriend Justin Timberlake with his car.

“On Sept. 19, just after midnight, Cameron Diaz filed a report with the LAPD,” police officer April Harding tells PEOPLE. “The incident happened on the 1600 block of King Road in Hollywood.”

According to the actress’s report, “Diaz and Justin Timberlake were leaving a friend’s home when a photographer hiding in the bushes tried to take a photograph of her,” Harding says. “They both then chased the photographer for a short distance.

“The photographer then got into his car and drove toward both (of) them, causing Diaz to jump out of the car’s way. She felt the driver was trying to hit both of them, and so she filed the report. She’s alleging assault with a deadly weapon, with a vehicle.”

Harding continued, “No arrests were made. We currently have no suspects, and the investigation is ongoing.”

On Wednesday, photo agency X17, for which the photographer in question was working, posted a statement on its Web site saying that the photos were taken on a public street and that “the pictures show at least two people verbally and physically assaulting” the photographer.

A spokesman for Timberlake insists that the pop star was never physical with the photographer.

“He didn’t touch anyone whatsoever,” the rep says.

In the statement, the agency says the photographer was not trying to hit Diaz with his car but was “attempting to leave what he perceived to be a dangerous situation for him and when he tried to do so, Ms. Diaz and at least one other member of her entourage stood in front of his car in an attempt to entrap him.”

According to the agency, “The photographer is currently in the process of filing a complaint against Ms. Diaz and Mr. Timberlake.”

Meanwhile, Diaz’s attorney, Marcy Morris, issued the following statement: “The increasingly aggressive conduct of the paparazzi continues to be a matter of grave concern. There is currently a criminal investigation pending regarding the conduct of the photographers involved in this incident. Therefore, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time.”

This is not the couple’s first run-in with paparazzi. In 2004, two photographers sued the pair, charging them with assault and battery for allegedly taunting and attacking them outside the Chateau Marmont.

According to the complaint, Diaz ran at one photographer, hit him in the neck, tripped him and grabbed his camera. Timberlake then allegedly screamed at the photographer as he lay on the ground: “What … are you going to do, man? I know you are not going to do anything.”

Reps for the couple said they were “ambushed by two men, who jumped out of a concealed hiding place on a dark, deserted street late at night. Any actions by Diaz and Timberlake were merely taken in self-defense.”

The suit was settled in June 2005.

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