Paparazzo dies taking shots of Justin Bieber's Ferrari

Jan 2, 2013

Pop star not in car when photographer, trying to snap white Ferrari, is hit by passing vehicle

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Justin Bieber took home three more trophies for his overstocked mantelpiece. The 18-year-old Canadian singer won Sunday night’s most prestigious gong – favourite artist of the year – dedicating it to all the “haters” who thought he’d be a one-hit wonder

JUSTIN BIEBER has called for new legislation to protect celebrities, police and paparazzi after a photographer was killed yesterday trying to get a snap of the pop star's car, which had been pulled over by police in Los Angeles. The 18-year-old Canadian singer was not in the vehicle when the incident took place.

Bieber's distinctive white Ferrari - driven by someone believed to be a friend of Bieber's - was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol for a routine traffic stop on Sepulveda Boulevard at 6pm on Tuesday.

According to the showbiz website, the photographer had been following the vehicle and got out of his car to take pictures of the scene. He was running back to his own car when he was hit and killed by a passing vehicle.

The driver stopped and tried to give first aid to the photographer - as yet unnamed - but he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital shortly afterwards.

LA police officer James Stoughton confirmed that Bieber was not in the Ferrari at the time of the incident. He told the Los Angeles Times that no charges are likely to be filed against the motorist who hit the photographer.

Bieber issued a statement today saying: "While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim.

"Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders, and the photographers themselves."

Fellow pop star Miley Cyrus took a similar line on the need for legislation, though she expressed little sympathy for the dead photographer. "Hope this paparazzi/JB accident brings on some changes in ’13," she told her Twitter followers. "Paparazzi are dangerous! Wasn’t Princess Di enough of a wake up call? The chaos that comes with the paparazzi acting like fools makes it impossible for anyone to make safe choices."

Bieber has a history of run-ins with the paparazzi.

In November, a photographer stopped the star in the middle of a road in Hollywood, claiming he was driving too fast. Bieber said "What do your parents think about what you do? Do you tell them, 'I stalk people for a living'?"

In October a misdemeanor battery charge against Bieber was dismissed after Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators found no visible injuries on a photographer after an incident when the star was leaving a cinema.

Bieber was in New York on Monday performing with Taylor Swift and others on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve TV show – a special hosted by Ryan Seacrest following Dick Clark's death last April.

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