Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Tom Cruise: Cruising for a bruising with the paparazzi
By Jeannette Walls - MSNBC Updated: 2:49 a.m. ET Oct. 11, 2005
Tom Cruise is the latest celeb to be involved in a clash with paparazzi.
Cruise's bodyguard got into an altercation with photographers last week outside the Scientology Celebrity Centre in Los Angeles after paparazzi followed him to the center during a break in shooting "Mission Impossible."
The photographer swarmed around the center and a security guard went out to photograph the crowd of lensmen. But a Scientology spokesman disputes an account from ContactMusic that suggests that the incident got ugly when one of the paparazzi tried to swipe the guard's camera.
"The paparazzi were outside our property and our security guard went to photograph him out of concern for the safety of our parishioners," Scientology Celebrity Centre spokesman Greg LaClaire told The Scoop. "[Later] our security officer drove away and was at a stop light on a corner. While he was sitting at the stop light, the paparazzi jumped thru the passenger window and started beating him. Our security officer defended himself as best he could and then made a citizen arrest on felony charges of battery. He held [the paparazzi] until the police came."
Cruise's rep didn't respond to requests for comment.