Celebrities lashing out at paparazzi is nothing new. Everyone from Alec Baldwin to Russell Brand to Kanye West has had run-ins with their relentless tormentors whose life work it is to capture them in a moment of embarrassment. But even something as normal as grabbing lunch with a friend, something so banal, nonetheless becomes fascinating when done by a celeb.
Basically, celebrities are the equivalent of a paycheck for paparazzi, and the more shocking the photos are, the more money they rake in. They take what they can get, and for their prey, often that is more than just their photo, as some celebs seem to have lost their sanity, as well. So it is not hard to see why stars get frustrated and on occasion even react without thinking. But the aforementioned unstable Baldwin, quirky Brand, and hot-headed West are just a few examples of men involved in highly talked-about paparazzi encounters. There are many more, and also many women who have gone down this road, surprising only because all of the starlets on this list are so tiny that it is hard to picture them attacking anyone at all, much less being successful at it.
It can be argued that a majority of paparazzi are men. The average American man stands at 5’9” and weighs 195 pounds. While definitely not defined as average, the women on this list vary in height between 5’2” and 5’8”, and weigh between 104 and 126 pounds, petite by any measure. This vast difference in physical stature is the reason that trying to picture an attack by such a small celebrity seems silly, but it does happen.
Whether because of typical, so-called “model behavior”, mama-bear instincts, drunkenness, or because they are just plain ridiculous, there are many reasons that the following 10 famous women have taken it upon themselves to show the paparazzi who’s boss, because (at least in these instances) size doesn’t matter!
10. Cara Delevingne – Revenge
Cara Delevingne is an English fashion/runway model and actress, and younger sister to model/actress Poppy Delevingne. She has been romantically linked to Harry Styles, Rita Ora, and Michelle Rodriguez. The face of Burberry, Chanel, and YSL is 5’8″ and 112 pounds, but her small size did not stop her from chasing down and charging photographers at London’s Heathrow Airport in 2014 after flipping them off.
However, she appeared to be enjoying it as it unfolded. Another testament to her fun, fearless, wild side is when she famously “got revenge” on the paparazzi for taking a photo up her skirt in 2015 by attacking them with super-soakers. It looks like she learned her lesson” water is much better retaliation than violence; it does no lasting harm, except perhaps to a camera!
9. Kate Moss – Attacked The Paps With Her Umbrella!
Controversial English model Kate Moss is only 5’7” and 104 pounds, but that did not keep her from physically attacking a paparazzi one night in May 2006. Upon leaving her friend Davinia Taylor‘s house, a photographer was doing his thing when she hit him with her purse and and her umbrella, knocking the man to the ground. In 2015 she also lunged at and grabbed at a photographer during Paris Fashion Week, which she attended with Lady Gaga. Also a Playboy model, fashion designer, and having graced the cover of British Vogue 30 times, Kate has also had run-ins with the law over drugs (specifically cocaine) so perhaps her violence is not surprising if she is otherwise willing to break the law.
8. Miley Cyrus – Don’t Film Her Leaving The Gym…Or Else
Known for her rebellious ways, perhaps it is not shocking that despite her size, pop star Miley Cyrus would do what she damn well pleased, even if that meant assaulting a cameraman. Well, that is what happened on March 2011 (though there are several instances of her fighting with her tormentors, many of which are documented on camera).
The 5’4,” 106-pound girl was working out, and when she came out of the gym, she saw the photographer recording her. She then hit him, and attempted to push his camera out of the way. Alas, all of this was, in fact, caught on camera. At the time of this specific incident, the Hollywood starlet of Hannah Montana fame (and who is romantically linked to her The Last Song co-star Liam Hemsworth) was 21 years old.
7. Jodie Foster – Don’t Mess With This Mama Bear
When you think of Jodie Foster, you likely do not think of a paparazzi brawl. Whether due to her age, or the respect she has garnished as a talented (though notoriously private) actress, her name is by no means synonymous with violence. She is known for her husky voice and athletic figure, and athletic though she may be, she is still quite small: she stands at 5’3” and weighs just 119 pounds.
Even so, Jodie’s mama-bear instincts came out one day in 2010 when a 17-year-old paparazzi snapped a photo of her two young sons at a mall. She poked him in the chest, and grabbed his left arm, an action which ended up causing a “visible injury” severe enough for the teenager to pursue legal action. Alas, the L.A. City Attorney’s Office declined to press charges, and it was dropped. The photographer likely learned an obvious lesson, though: you don’t mess with Clarice Starling from The Silence of the Lambs!
6. Sienna Miller – Felt Harassed Before Attacking
At 5’5” and 120 pounds, American Sniper actress Sienna Miller would not stand much of a chance against… well, anyone. And yet, she acted when she felt threatened. At Los Angeles International Airport in May 2008, the petite star hit paparazzi with her purse. There are many (blurry) photos of the incident that produced a lot of subsequent headlines. Sienna says she felt constantly harassed, and thus sued the photo agency Big Picture. She was awarded 53,000 Euros in damages and costs.
Though she is not constantly portrayed in the media as violent or crazy, in movies she has frequently portrayed chain-smoking, emotionally-damaged druggies, and in real life, she was involved in several romantic scandals with men including Jude Law, Balthazar Getty (who was married at the time), and Daniel Craig (while still with Jude Law).
5. Lindsay Lohan – Punched A Pap In Nose
No surprise here! Lindsay Lohan is pretty well known for partying, DUIs, arrests, and all-around debauchery. But in 2008 she punched a paparazzi in the nose, and was then overheard talking on her cell phone and saying, “Oh my God, I just hit a paparazzi.” She had been on her phone when the incident occurred outside the Bowery Hotel in New York. Basically, she was walking and talking (apparently too much for her to manage at once) when she accused them of tripping her.
Naturally, the thing to do is then punch the person, at least in LiLo World. She even seemed smug, or proud of herself for the altercation, bragging about it seconds later like it was funny. What is funny is that the starlet is only 5’4” and 114 pounds, and still decided to punch a guy!
4. Paris Hilton – Paris Being Paris
Paris Hilton of the Hilton Hotel fortune is many things, and apparently one of those things is violent. The heiress is a frequent paparazzi target, but one day in 2012, the 5’8”, 115-pound woman shoved a paparazzi, who fell to the ground. It was caught on video. The photographer was named Billy Barrera, and he was photographing the platinum-blonde princess at West Hollywood nightclub Bootsy Bellows. There was a skirmish in the parking lot and it led to her to react by pushing him. Since she is a so-called “famous for being famous” television and movie star, as well as a businesswoman, socialite, model, singer, DJ, and author, it is no surprise that the incident made her even more (in)famous for something other than actual talent.
3. Bjork – “Protective Instincts”
She may not be so uber popular anymore, but there was a time when Icelandic singer/actress Bjork was well-known worldwide for her music and films. She is also one of the first celebrities to pop up when you search for those who have been involved in fights with the paparazzi. In a Bangkok airport in 1996, the 5’4”, 122-pound mother showed her protective instincts when she knocked one photographer to the ground while with her 9-year-old son. That photographer, a woman, later said of the incident, “She just hit me, lost control and went crazy.” Later in 2008, Bjork tore the shirt off a photographer at a New Zealand airport. She ripped it so vigorously she fell to the ground in the process. She was with a male companion and not her child, so I suppose “protective instincts” cannot be blamed in this instance. Jet lag, perhaps?
2. Britney Spears – SUV Beatdown
The queen of celebrity paparazzi attacks is, of course, none other than troubled pop princess, Britney Spears. At 5’4” and 126 pounds, she is small but fierce. She proved this in 2007, a year full of questionable behavior for Britney, from shaving her head in what appeared to be a mental breakdown, to checking in and out of rehab several times (further supporting the breakdown theory), and skipping custody hearings with her ex-husband Kevin Federline.
In her most infamous paparazzi encounter, the bald woman was photographed ramming a three-foot-long green umbrella at photographers and damaging one of their SUVs with it. Surely they had a field day with all of it being caught on camera, but they also probably kept their distance from the crazed star in the midst of going off the deep end!
1. Lily Allen – Stay Away From Lily’s Car!
At just 5’2” and 115 pounds, Lily Allen is another celeb who infamously physically attacked the paparazzi. The English singer, songwriter, actress, and television host was arrested in 2007 after kicking and punching a photographer outside a club in London. In 2009, history repeated itself: she claimed she was provoked after a photographer “accidentally” drove into the back of her car, and she thus proceeded to punch, kick, and throw a water bottle at him. The incident almost jeopardized her U.S. tour and visa, but luckily for her, she ended up being awarded a legal injunction preventing certain photography companies from following or pursuing her.