Our aim is to enact RIHANNA'S LAW which would make leaking, distributing and publishing private law enforcement
crime photos, (such as the one leaked of Rihanna,) illegal whether
there was money exchanged or not. The current law, "Mel's Law" requires
that money changes hands in order for the person distributing the photo
to be in violation of the law, furthermore the current law has no
provisions for the prosecution of those who publish such photos or
videos, such as Harvey Levin and TMZ. As it stands, anyone can leak
private victim photos and get away with it, as long as no one can prove
they received money, which usually is unprovable because tabloids pay
cash to third parties. In addition, entities such as TMZ who pay for
these photos and publish them are able to do it, and profit
from it, with no legal repercussions whatsoever. The publication of
Rihanna's police victim photo was inexcusable and will likely help the
alleged attacker's case. The person who distributed it is in the clear
unless the LAPD can find evidence the leaker received money for the
photo. Regardless of all that, Harvey Levin and TMZ are not in
violation of any law even if it is proven they paid for the photo. All
involved need to be prosecuted in cases like this and with the new
proposed law, all would be in violation of that law for distributing
the photo whether there was exchange of money involved or not.
The main goal is to protect victim's rights. If a private crime photo
is distributed the receipt of money for that act is irrelevant and does
not diminish the detrimental effect such public distribution of private
crime photos, could have on the victim, the case itself, other victims
of similar crimes etc. Just because the person who leaked it may have
done it for example, because they were disgruntled or vindictive or
even, perhaps, to help the defense, and not for money, per se, should
not make it legal. Granted the receipt of money for the leak of such a
photo does indeed compound and exacerbate the situation, but it should
not be the deciding factor that makes it a crime or not a crime. Under
the current law, if the snitch did not receive money, what they did is
not considered a crime. People could leak such photos for many reasons
and the reason is inconsequential to the fact that it should be illegal
to leak and distribute private crime victim photos and video
irrespective of the exchange of money. It would be like if killing
someone was only a crime if you were paid to do it. So if you did it
just because you were mad at that person, or if no one could trace that
you got paid to do it, you were in the clear. It does not make sense
and is not sufficiently protecting victims.
Beckham's Bodyguard in Paparazzi Punch-Out
Follow his team or his fashion choices, but David Beckham apparently doesn't want you following his car.
After being pursued by paprazzi in Beverly Hills last month, the soccer stud confronted a photographer, with a fight breaking out moments later between one of the soccer star's bodyguards and the shutterbug.
According to an eyewitness, Beckham went up to the car and tried to get the driver to come out. when the driver declined, Beckham's body guard went to the passenger's side and punches began flying.
The scuffle did not go unnoticed by the authorities. "They started fighting right in the street in front of the police station," an eyewitness tells E! News.
"Once the bodyguards and the paparazzi started fighting. David ran back to the car and he and Victoria drove off...The cops finally came and broke it up."
Two of the bodyguards were later questioned by police. One of the bodyguards, who had been scratched in the fight, declined to comment. A rep for Beckham tells E! news. "Yes, an incident did occur. However, there will be no comment as this is now in the hands of the lawyers."
Photographers on the scene, but no one was taken into custody or cited," said Beverly Hills Police Department Sgt. Gregg Mader. "We'll review what we have to see if further action needs to be taken."
"They just can't do this," said the photog involved in the fight. "They put me on the floor, they got my camera and they threw it in the trash can. They can't do this to us."
An ambulance was called to the scene, but all of those involved in the fracas refused treatment.
AIRPORT PAPARAZZI FRENZY
Over PARIS HILTON
ANOTHER PAPARAZZI INCIDENT!!!
Kurt got bonked in the noggin by a clumsy pap at LAX. The photog stumbled over his own feet and accidentally konked poor Kurt in the head with his camera. If the photogs are getting close enough to actually hit celebs in the head with their cameras, they have certainly violated their personal space.
Black STOParazzi® Tank
They're at it again. Deputies are investigating a battery claim against Everybody Loves Raymond's Brad Garrett.
Though the actor has not been arrested, police are looking into claims that Garrett chased a paparazzo before breaking another one's camera. Although the camera was "broken," footage shows the guy still filming with it.
Don't they know that in Hollywood the paps almost always get smeared in court?
JESSICA SIMPSON'S HAIR STYLIST TAKES ONE FOR THE TEAM.
JESSICA SIMPSON RUSHES BLOODY BFF TO HOSPITAL AFTER PAPARAZZI FRENZY
Jessica Simpson watched in shock as her BFF/hair stylist Ken Paves had his face busted open during a crazy paparazzi crush on their way our of Madeo last Saturday night.
With blood trickling down his face, Ken still managed to get Jess inside their waiting ride. Their driver then whisked the group to a nearby hospital, where Jess accompanied her friend inside the building.
Calls to their reps have yet to be returned - and as of right now no police reports have been filed.
SIMPSON BFF STITCHED BACK TOGETHER AGAIN
UPDATE: TMZ has released a statement from Ken Paves regarding the bloody face he got while walking Jessica Simpson into their waiting ride Saturday night:
"I appreciate everyone who has expressed concern after the incident which occurred outside Madeo restaurant Saturday evening. While I did not expect a dinner out with friends would end up with me in the emergency room and nine stitches in my head, I am fine. My only real concern on Saturday night, and it remains so in retrospect, was for the safety of my friend and all concerned. I understand everyone has a job to do, including paparazzi. If I were to say anything about Saturday night, it is only to encourage that everyone would respect and care for the safety of others above all else."
Jessica Simpson BFF Ken Paves was left in stitches after his bloody bash-up with photog's camera Saturday night - nine of them to be exact.
Sources close to the situation tell us Paves was taken to Cedars-Sinai straight from Madeo, where Jessica and Ken's partner waited 90 minutes for the hair stylist to get nine stitches for a vertical cut on his left eyebrow.