Smash That Camera: When Paparazzi Attacks

Throw-downs between stars and their tabloid stalkers.


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Invasion - Most celebrities have a complicated relationship with the paparazzi. As much as stars need the shutterbugs to stay in the public eye, sometimes they can't resist swatting them away when they get a little too intrusive. From Kanye West to Paris Jackson, take a look at some of the most talked about celebrity run-ins with the paparazzi.(Photos from left: Clint Brewer / Splash News,Marc Piasecki/GC Images)


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Paris Jackson - In January 2017, Paris Jackson was mobbed and chased by the paparazzi while waiting for her bags at LAX airport. The young scion ran through the airport to escape the cameras, in tears.(Photo: LILLY LAWRENCE/AFP/Getty Images) 

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Iggy Azalea - Our rundown of ugliest celeb paparazzi fights starts with Iggy Azalea. The breakthrough star from Australia who has been dodging rumors of a sex tape in recent weeks told one rude photographer to "get Ebola and die" when he provoked her at a grocery store. (Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)


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Justin Bieber - The trouble-prone pop star has gone several rounds with paps in recent years. We can't forget when he punched photogs in Paris after they tried to block him from entering his hotel. Bieber should take a few tips on how to deal with the paps from his good friends the Kardashians.  (Photo: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for Variety)

Kanye West (@kanyewest) - TWEET: "We need to take what Michael Jackson felt and [Alexander] Mcqueen and Steve Jobs and we need make things better..."   Kanye West gave followers justification for pressing the spam button on his tweets after he went on a three hour, 80 tweet tirade about everything under the sun from financial empowerment to ideas on how to fix the American school system.(Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

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Kanye West - Yeezy just can't control his rage around paparazzi — ironic, considering he married the most photographed woman on the planet. He was arrested in September 2008 when he broke not one, but two 'razzi cameras at LAX, had a half a dozen violent run-ins with paps in the past two years alone and even compared his battle against photogs to the Civil Rights movement. (Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)


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Mike Tyson - There was no title to be won after Iron Mike went three rounds with a paparazzo at LAX in 2009. After a fight resulting in blood spilling "like a water fountain" from the shutterbug's head, he and the heavyweight champ filed charges against each other and Tyson wound up in the clink. Ultimately, the boxer dodged the punch and charges were dropped. (Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

50 Cent Apologizes for Twitter Rant - 50 Cent is the latest addition to the list of rappers who've made public apologies for their mistakes. The Queens rapper has been ranting on Twitter lately about how his label, Interscope Records, has mismanaged the planning and promotion of his upcoming album. On January 9, he issued a public mea culpa via Twitter after apparently overreacting to what turned out to be a computer glitch that caused the leak of some material from the yet-to-be-released project. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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50 Cent - When the paps got too close during a visit to Denmark, Fif didn't have to get his hands dirty — he sent his bodyguard to take care of business. The rapper's muscle reportedly choked the pesky photographer, then grabbed the camera from his car and walked away with it. The bodyguard was later arrested for assault. All in a day's work. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


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Jay Z and Beyoncé - Hip hop's golden couple usually stays out of pap-drama, but when an intrusive cameraman got in the way of their peaceful 2009 Croatian vacation — it was war. Jay protected his lady by having his bodyguard rough up the photog, kicking him several times and throwing his camera to the ground. (Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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Halle Berry - The actress took her fight to court in 2005, seeking a criminal probe against the so-called stalkerazzi. Unfortunately, paps weren't deterred and Halle had to resort to more desperate measures — namely, losing her ish — to keep them away from her daughter, Nahla, in 2010. Last year, the actress scored a major victory for celebrities everywhere when she convinced the California senate to pass a law preventing paps from photographing celebrity children without permission. (Photo: Albert L. Ortega/PictureGroup)


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Whoopi Goldberg - Like Halle Berry, Whoopi attempted more civil measures to control the stalkerazzi. In 1996, she joined pal George Clooney in a boycott of major newsmagazine show Entertainment Tonight, until its parent company Paramount Studios agreed to stop using material provided by the paps. Since we rarely see Whoopi in the tabloids anymore ... did the plan work, or did the paps just lose interest?  (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)


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Nicole Richie - Sticks and stones may break their bones, but Nic's harsh words didn't stop the paparazzi from invading her privacy. “THANK YOU so much for posting the video of your employees sitting outside of my daughter’s school, because now the entire world can see how creepy and disgusting you are,” Richie wrote on her blog in 2010, before having police run all the paps' tags. Hope nobody had an expired license! (Photo: John Sciulli/Getty Images for MOCA)

Britney Spears - Long before her mega-stardom and tabloid infamy, Britney Spears charmed the Star Search audience with her rendition of "Love Can Build a Bridge." (Photo: Gregg DeGuire/PictureGroup)

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Britney Spears - The shaved head, the umbrella ... Brit's infamous 2007 paparazzi moment was not so much a showdown as it was a meltdown. The incident seemed to finally make paps and their tabloid bosses realize they may have gone too far. Come to think of it ... maybe brandishing rain gear is the key to warding off stalkers? Celebs, take note! (Photo: Gregg DeGuire/PictureGroup)


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Mike Epps - The comedian and Hangover star joined the Paparazzi Fight Club in 2010, when he issued a beatdown against an unwanted guest at his wife's birthday party in Detroit. The paparazzo later sued Epps for $1 million, seeking damages for assault and stolen property. Who's laughing now? (Photo: Brad Barket/PictureGroup)

Time Will Tell - Young singer Chris Brown performs on stage at the 20th Annual Soul Train Awards, showing how much he's been paying attention to artists like Michael Jackson, with his on-fire dance moves and high-pitched vocals. (Photo: Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

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Chris Brown - "Look at Me Now" may have been a hit single, but it's not an open invitation from Breezy to the paparazzi. The singer has gotten into plenty of scuffles with the shutterbugs, but was forced by anti-homophobic groups to apologize to his nemeses in 2011 after telling them, "y'all n*ggas is gay."  (Photo: Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) - TWEET: "Crushed to hear the news of Adam Yauch?s passing. A true pioneer of art. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. #RIPMCA"(Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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Justin Timberlake - JT has had so many run-ins with the stalkerazzi over the years that it's hard to pick a favorite. How about the time he slapped a pap outside a Los Angeles night club? Or when he drove the getaway car for then-girlfriend Cameron Diaz after she stole a photographer's camera? Lately, though, Timberlake has been able to stay more-or-less out of the telephoto lenses of paps. Maybe he got some pointers from his boy Jay Z? (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)