Tuesday, November 13, 2007

TMZ-X17 stalkerazzi game leads to tragedy

The inevitable tragedy that we've warned would occur in the irresponsible amateur stalkerazzi era championed by the corporate porn-pushing gossip site TMZ.com has come to pass with an apparent accident among the teams of amateurs chasing the mentally unstable former singing star Britney Spears as she goes about her addled errands. A site called The Other Blog reports on a serious casualty Monday evening in the pursuit of triviality:

An X17 paparazzi has just ran over another paparazzi on a motorcycle while chasing Britney Spears who had just come out of The Four Seasons Hotel. Our source tells us that this ocurred as the caravan of chasers were making a right turn on Santa Monica Blvd. and Rexford Dr. in Beverly Hills. The paparazzi was hit by a silver range rover and was literally smashed under its wheels. From what we hear, the body went into seizure and then it just stopped moving. It doesn’t look like he made it, according to our source.

7:35 PM PT Update:
We were just informed the paparazzo is alive, but in critical condition. He suffered broken legs, broken arms and a broken back, according to our source.

8:20 PM PT Update:
We have just learned that the person that was ran over is actually not an actual paparazzo but instead someone who takes part in chases in order to “tip off” agencies about the whereabouts of celebrities. He is therefore a “spotter”. He does not work for any agency.

TMZ's track record has been documented here. We recently told you exclusively that X17 has just been slapped with a lawsuit alleging fraud.


Anonymous said...

The fame game in LA is just out of control. We used to chase Warren Beatty types and stars with glamour. Now it's every fuck-up with a drug problem and a fascination with fame.

AppalachianLady said...

This is tragic, but it was also inevitable. The Britney Spears stalkerazzi in particular are completely out of control, and were bound to either get hurt or hurt someone else. This may sound cold, but personally, I'm glad it was one of them, and not somebody just coming home from work. That being said, I wouldn't wish those kinds of injuries on anyone.

What I don't understand is why the police don't put a stop to this nonsense. Surely they are breaking some kind of law by blocking public streets and acting/driving like maniacs. At the very least, it's breach of the peace and, in some cases, public endangerment.