17 Celebrities Who Clashed with Paparazzi—Umbrella Assaults and Smashed Cameras
1. Alec Baldwin
A celebrity notorious for his paparazzi clashes, Alec Baldwin has become accustomed to fights with the paparazzi. He’s been seen slamming them into cars, onto the ground, and just plain shoving them backwards.
The most recent attack was in New York City, where he was walking with his wife, Hilaria, who had just given birth to their child days earlier. She ran into a store while he went after the guy, slamming him into a car.
He recently wrote a letter to an East Hampton newspaper where he described how one photographer stalked him and his family.
2. Lily Allen
British pop singer Lily Allen was rear-ended by a paparazzo who was pursuing her. She was not having any of that. She threw a water bottle at the photographer and tried to kick him. The photographer did not let that stop him from continuing to follow her.
3. Sean Penn
Sean Penn’s first paparazzi attack is infamous. In defense of his then-fiancee Madonna back in 1985 (who he allegedly abused while drinking), he chased paparazzi in Britain, saying “you take my picture and I’ll break your back with this rock.” The paparazzi said that he stuck to his word, and threw the rock at one of them. Penn was fined $100 for assault and battery.
A few years later while filming in China, he found a paparazzo waiting for him in his hotel room, and allegedly dangled him off the ninth story balcony. Penn allegedly fled the country before authorities could detain him. More recently, he was snapped while kicking one photographer.
Sean Penn is still hostile toward the paparazzi. He has called them a disease against mankind and once said “I still think photographers should be lashed out at. They should be put in a cage where you can poke them with a stick for a quarter. But not in a hostile way, just for giggles.”
His son has even shown anti-paparazzi behavior. Sadly, this has been accompanied by a bunch of racist and homophobic epithets.
4. Jodie Foster
An intensely private actress, it’s not hard to imagine why Jodie would dislike the paparazzi. Back in 2010, a 17 year old paparazzo accused her of attacking him, saying that when he snapped pictures of her and her two sons, Jodie grabbed his arm and sharply poked him in the chest, causing a visible injury on his arm. Allegedly. Sounds like she was giving him a talking-to.
Jodie has spoken frequently about privacy and celebrity status in our culture, saying “actors who become celebrities are supposed to be grateful for the public interest. After all, they’re getting paid. Just to set the record straight, a salary for a given on-screen performance does not include the right to invade anyone’s privacy—to destroy someone’s sense of self.”
5. Elton John
Elton john is a notorious hater of the paparazzi. It’s far from unheard of for him to unleash a mouthful of four letter words in response to their chronic heckling. One night, when he was going to Craig’s—a restaurant in Hollywood known for being a celebrity hot-spot—he got so carried away with cursing at the awaiting paparazzi that he stumbled before he got into Craig’s. “Why don’t you just f*** off?”
Another incident occurred when he was on a private yacht with his husband and some friends. Elton dropped his pants and displayed his pale white behind for paparazzi and another neighboring boat.