Inspired by the recent surge in violent actor/paparazzi encounters, stars like Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz, and Justin Timberlake have banded together against aggressive photographers.
The most recent incident involved a collision between Lohan's Mercedes and photographer Galo Cesar Ramirez's minivan. Ramirez, who works for the agency Fame Pictures, was arrested on suspicion of intentionally ramming Lohan's vehicle last week. Fame Pictures owner Boris Nizon blamed Lohan for the crash, claiming that she is involved in an accident almost every month.
The angered celebrities have convinced the Los Angeles police to launch an investigation into paparazzi and photo agencies who have been suspected of going too far in their scandal-seeking tactics. If enough evidence is found, it's possible that the investigation will lead to felony conspiracy charges.
"I do understand the First Amendment and I understand the right of the paparazzi," says actress Halle Berry. "I think the problem is that they are crossing the line."