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Paparazzi in Malibu Beaten Up by Local Surfers Protecting Matthew McConaughey

June 23, 2008 03:02:41 GMT

A brawl broke out at a Malibu beach Saturday afternoon, June 21 when a group of surfers attacked paparazzi who were snapping pics of Matthew McConaughey.


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A brawl broke out at a Malibu beach on Saturday afternoon, June 21 when a group of local surfers attacked paparazzi who were snapping pics of actor Matthew McConaughey. There were reportedly 12 photographers on the beach in Malibu trying to get shots of the hunk as he was surfing with friends. The surfers asked the photogs to stop filming and taking pictures, but when that didn't happen, things got physical.

A 29-year-old paparazzo from Santa Monica who was trying to photograph McConaughey told police he was attacked by a mob of surfers who threw his camera in the ocean. The photojournalist told sheriff's deputies that a large group of surfers near Paradise Cove in Malibu approached him and other paparazzi at about 2 P.M. Saturday and demanded the group to stop taking pictures and filming.

Speaking about the incident, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore told the Los Angeles Times, "[The surfers] formed a semicircle in front of his camera and they said [McConaughey] didn't want him to film. They got into an argument, and [the photographer] indicated that he received injuries ... [The surfers] took the video camera and threw it in the water."

There are reports that another paparazzo suffered a broken nose. Detectives and the Sheriff's Department's Lost Hills Station, according to Whitmore, were investigating the incident. McConaughey's people, meanwhile, have yet to comment on the fight.

Watch the video footages of the brawl, caught by both TMZ and X17, at Latimes.com.

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posted by yup on Jun 23, 2008
I think the paparazi should be beaten more often. The are parasytes that feed on celebrities who can not defend themselves. Paparazi are bukllies who deserve a fate far worse than a beating because the have no respect for athe constitutional right to privacy.
posted by yea on Jun 23, 2008
this is beautiful, paparazi are scum, they should all be shot
posted by m0114angel on Jun 23, 2008
paparazi are a nightmare and there should be a law against these blood suckers look at what happen to princess Diana

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