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Paparazzi vs. Celebrities: Top Ten Confrontations

Updated on May 1, 2017

Iron Mike Snaps!

Mike Tyson is the former two time heavyweight champion of the world and the youngest heavyweight champion at only 20 years of age. Tyson has had run in, both physically and verbally, with the media, paparazzi, fans, other boxers and more. In the ring he has accomplished great things as well as several horrid things. He bit both of boxer Evander Holyfield's ears during a bout. He also, knocked out Orlin Norris after the bell to end the round already rang and he tried to break Fran's Botha's are while they were in a clinch during their match.

Sean Penn Kicks The Paparazzi

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Celebrities Fire Back At The Paparazzi

Hale Berry and several other attresses have went to court and actually succeeded in stopping the paparazzi from following and taking pictures of their children. It is their job to take photos and get comments but coming onto the celebrities home property should be a definite no.

The television world should understand that it all goes with fame. At the same time give respect to the person's privacy in certain instances.

Alec Baldwin Attacks The Paparazzi

Brittany Spears Breaks Down!

Brittany Spears beat a paparazzi's automobile with her feet and her umbrella.
Brittany Spears beat a paparazzi's automobile with her feet and her umbrella. | Source

Kanye West Constantly Feuds With The Media

Kanye West has battled verbally and physically with the paparazzi on numerous occasions.
Kanye West has battled verbally and physically with the paparazzi on numerous occasions. | Source

Iron Mike Tyson Had A Few Paparazzi Problems

Mike Tyson went to jail for attacking a photographer at an airport. Mike Tyson may not be innocent but he sure gets picked on by the media an press alike.
Mike Tyson went to jail for attacking a photographer at an airport. Mike Tyson may not be innocent but he sure gets picked on by the media an press alike. | Source

Ten Best Celebrity Run Ins With The Paparazzi

1. Alec Baldwin: Alec Baldwin is a very good actor but he has had his share of bad temper tantrums against the media. Baldwin slammed a member of the paparazzi into his van. Then he yelled and got into his face. Baldwin then told the photographer to shut up and right before he walked off he called him a little girl. Alec has had multiple run ins with the Hollywood media but in this one he looked like he was ready to destroy his enemy.

2. Sean Penn: Two time Oscar winner Sean Penn has had numerous run ins with the paparazzi. In 1987 he punched, kicked and spat on a photographer as he tossed profanities at him. Penn spent an entire month in jail for the infraction. He has had altercations during the 80's, 90's and the 2000's. Be sure and check out his infractions on Youtube.

3. Woody Harrelson: Harrelson has had his fair share of warfare against the Pap. His most famous incident was when he argued with a TMZ reporter and then he broke his camera equipment. After that he then choked the reporter to the ground with his bare hands. The reporter flagged down the LAPD and told them what happened and they drove away.

4. Bjork: Bjork is a famous singer and songwriter from Iceland. She has many talents but she has also snapped on the media many times. BJork arrived at a New Zealand airport and was immediately approached by cameras. She proceeded to scream and attack a newspaper lady with both fists. She later apologized for going overboard.

5. Chris Martin: Chris Martin from the rock band Cold Play usually is talkative with the Paparazzi but not when it came to his wife at the time Gwyneth Paltrow. Martin grabbed the camera man and slammed him hard to the ground. He then took his camera from him and barked out the famous line, " You've got to have some respect".

6. Hugh Grant: Grant has got angry with the Paparazzi a few times. His biggest war with them came when he stepped out of his London home and kicked one a bunch of times. Then he went inside his home and came back out and tossed a batch of baked beans at the pesky reporters. Grant is peaceful in public but in private he will pelt you with hit food. He is normally nice but do not push his buttons on a bad day.

7. Justin Timberlake: Pop star Justin Timberlake can dance, sing and throw a fit. In his most recent episode he was entering a night club when a member of the pap got into face with the camera flashing. Timberlake slapped the photog and screamed. "Out of my face". This was not the first and. Certainly not the last time Justin battles with these guys.

8. Brittany Spears: Pop Superstar Brittany Spears has been tabloid fodder for years. Her most famous incident occured back in 2007. She was in and out of rehab and had just shaven her head. A photographer harassed her nonstop. Finally, Brittany went off and beat the man's automobile with an umbrella as she shouted.

9. Mike Tyson: Iron Mike Tyson has had many altercations with the press starting as far back as 1986. One time at an airport he told a man to stop recording. The pap refused so Tyson wrestled him to the ground and broke his video camcorder to pieces. Tyson has been a bad boy at times but in ball fairness he has been provoked lots of times.

10. Kanye West: West has musical talent but he has on more than one occasion instigated fights with the paparazzi. He and his bodyguard recently took cameras and other equipment from a member of the media and smashed it to bits. Kanye West stays in Hollywood's eye and he and the paparazzi are both to blame for some of their many tasteless situations.

* Which celebrity do you think has the most problems with the press?

Mike Tyson Hits The Paparazzi At The Airport

Woody Chokes The Paparazzi!

Woody Harrelson has had several issues with the media including this one. Harrelson starred in the hit sitcom "Cheers".
Woody Harrelson has had several issues with the media including this one. Harrelson starred in the hit sitcom "Cheers". | Source

Final Thoughts...........

On the one hand if your paid millions of dollars every year as a celebrity then whats the big deal if your fans want to see you in pictures. On the other hand the Paparazzi really invades on these people's personal lives and that is not right. The media need to at least respect these individuals when they are with their children.

© 2013 Buster Johnson

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      idigwebsites 3 years ago from United States

      Like what Kevin said, I don't blame the celebrities who are infuriated by the paparazzi who only do their job. Maybe when the celebrities get mad and they even go violent for no reason I think it's their frustration, I mean it's an obvious gesture as if they're saying "leave me alone for Christ's sake!" especially when they're just going out and wanting to have a good quiet time like any normal person has -- going to parks, going shopping, eating out. If they're on a premiere or on the red carpet, it's ok to have the paparazzi around.

      Princess Diana died because of the paparazzi. I know that these photographers want a scoop, but I hope they'd be more considerate of the celebrities' privacy, even just a little.

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      kevina oyatedor 3 years ago

      I don't blame these celebrities getting mad when the paparazzi get in their face and their business just to take a picture. However it should not resort to violence if the paparazzi didn't harm you or attack you verbally. With Bjork all the woman said was welcome to the place and she attacked her like she said something bad. Great hub.