There are lots of advantages to being an influential public figure, but the paparazzi are definitely not one of them. The biggest stars in entertainment can’t seem to go anywhere without being hounded by photographers who wait outside their houses for hours on end, pursue them when they go shopping and to the gym, and even follow them on holidays.
People who make their living in the public eye rely on the press for publicity, and it's fair to say celebrities would be much less rich and successful without the help of photogs; after all, the paparazzo is the one who gets a celebrity's face into the media, probably more often than the celeb's own publicist. Some say that because of the careers they have chosen, entertainers should be prepared to deal with the constant scrutiny and invasion of privacy that comes with fame. However, there is no doubt that the paparazzi make life extremely stressful for their targets. Many celebrities have been forced to install highly advanced security systems at their homes to protect themselves. Others, such as Harry Styles and Nicole Richie, have had to file restraining orders against photojournalists who, they claimed, were stalking them. Though taking pictures of celebrities is not illegal, several famous people, including Lily Allen and Sienna Miller, have fought (and won) harassment cases against their camera-wielding tormentors. Just last year, a new bill backed by famous mothers Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner was signed into California law, introducing harsher penalties for those who take pictures of children without parental consent.
Competition between photographers is fierce, and the stakes are extremely high. In an interview with Time magazine, paparazzo Mel Bouzad admitted to have been paid $150,000 for a shot of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez in Georgia after their breakup. As a result, certain more cynical members of the press will sometimes say or do anything to get that elusive, bankable photo. They will block celebrities’ cars, stand in their path, insult them or ask intimate questions in order to provoke them. Most of the time, stars manage to ignore them and keep their cool. Sometimes, however – whether because they're already going through a hard time, or because they're a little volatile by nature – stars crack under the pressure. We've taken a look at 10 famous people and the moments they lost their heads when confronted by paparazzi. When you read some these stories, you might well ask - who could blame them?
10 Tobey Maguire
9 Kristen Stewart
8 Miley Cyrus
7 Russell Brand
6 Justin Bieber
5 Gerard Butler
4 Britney Spears
3 Kanye West
2 Sean Penn
Bjork is known for her eccentricity, but nothing could have prepared the world for what happened at Bangkok International Airport in 1996. As the Icelandic singer emerged from her terminal after a long haul flight, reporter Julie Kaufman simple called out “Welcome to Bangkok!”. Seemingly unprovoked, Bjork completely lost it, flying at the woman and knocking her to the ground. The musician later explained her motivation for the attack, claiming that the press had been harassing her young son Sidri, and had followed them around for four days straight. Kaufman was the unfortunate target of the singer's anger.
The truly shocking attack was caught on camera:
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