Paparazzi: Friend or Foe?
After a paparazzo struck the Herbie: Fully Loaded star's Mercedes in L.A. in May, police arrested photographer Galo Ramirez, 24, on charges of assault with a deadly weapon. Lohan, who police said suffered cuts and bruises, told the Associated Press: "I was so shaken up, but I was still nice 'cause I was like, 'I understand it's your job. But you don't have to ram into me next time. I'll give you a picture.' "
CAMERON DIAZ & JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
Lensmen Saul Lazo and Jose Gonzalez snapped this photo during a November scuffle with the couple outside a Hollywood hotel, and later sued the stars for assault and battery (Diaz and Timberlake claimed they acted in self-defense). Although the suit was settled out of court this month, Diaz told The New York Times, "In the last few years, it's gotten to the point where you literally cannot walk outside your front gate without being literally attacked."
Not all encounters between stars and paparazzi are antagonistic: Simpson and pal CaCee Cobb were glad the snappers were around last year when the singer's Mercedes ran out of gas outside Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. The photographers pushed her car to a nearby gas station, where she refueled and then posed for pictures (she even reportedly signed the gas can for one lucky shooter).
The Mr. amp Mrs. Smith star (reaching out to a fallen photog in Santa Monica on June 6) told Diane Sawyer earlier this month: "It's an amazing fact, the bounty that's on my head and the lengths that these people go to get these shots. And the amount of money that they're paying for these shots." Now he wants the paparazzi to follow him on humanitarian missions. "I can't get out of the press," he says. "These people (in Africa) can't get in the press."
SEAL & HEIDI KLUM
As the paparazzi follow stars in their family life, though, it takes a delicate balance from both sides of the shutter. On June 9, after being photographed lunching in New York City with his pregnant wife, Heidi Klum, and her 1-year-old daughter, Leni, Seal lashed out at cameraman Santiago Baez, who reportedly bumped into supermodel Klum. But Baez told the New York Daily News, "I was tripped."
The Bewitched star – getting a hand from a helpful photographer at the MTV Movie Awards on June 4 in L.A. – says family gives her an incentive to put up with shutterbugs. "I've had things with paparazzi," the mom of Isabella, 12, and Connor, 10, admits. "(But) I live my life, I really do. I think that's one of the great gifts that children give you ... they don't allow you to get into a state of reclusiveness."
The actress (in Santa Monica in May) has taken to videotaping paparazzi since an April incident in which photographers allegedly surrounded her at a gym, followed her home and then blocked the entrance to her house. She later filed a false-imprisonment complaint. "There seems to be no repercussions for the behavior," Witherspoon told the New York Times. "It's starting to feel chaotic and lawless."
JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT
After photogs helped out when her car ran out of gas on June 10 in L.A., Hewitt told Access Hollywood, "Paparazzi should not be lumped into the group of these monsters who treat people badly. ... I've met lots of really nice ones who are lovely people." Still, she admits, "I think a law to protect celebrities from the ones that are not so good may not be a bad idea."
On his way out of a London nightclub last year, the rowdy royal shoved a photographer, leaving the snapper with a bloody lip. "He burst out of the car and lunged toward me as I was still taking pictures," Chris Uncle told London's Evening Standard. "He lashed out and then deliberately pushed my camera into my face." A palace spokesman said Harry reacted after a camera hit him in the nose.
When the pop diva fights the paparazzi, her weapon of choice is often a beverage. Last year, just a week after the singer and her pals tossed milkshakes at photographers near her hometown of Kentwood, La., she hurled soda at lensmen in Malibu. "Britney just lost it," said a witness, although her new husband, Kevin Federline, "found the incident hilarious."