Evan Rachel Wood blasts Daily Mail over unborn baby pictures

Feb 14, 2013

Website removes story after actress lets rip over paparazzi shots of her ultrasound scan

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THE DAILY MAIL has been lambasted by actress Evan Rachel Wood for printing paparazzi shots of her unborn baby's ultrasound scan just days after it railed against a "tawdry" Italian magazine for using long-lens snaps of a pregnant Kate Middleton.

The Mail website ran images of the actress, who is married to British actor Jamie Bell, carrying the results of her tests as she left a hospital in Los Angeles yesterday under the breathless headline: "Baby's first picture! Pregnant Evan Rachel Wood can't stop smiling."

The story cheerfully claimed: "The 25-year-old actress was clearly overjoyed as she emerged holding an ultrasound scan of her unborn child in Los Angeles."

But Wood was clearly livid when she saw the article, and made her feelings known on Twitter. "Which sick f**k paparazzi hid in the parking lot of my hospital after my ultrasound?" she demanded. "I can't stand this."

And that was just the start of an incredible rant by the Golden Globe and Emmy award-nominated star against photographers and the Mail. "You took a picture of my ultrasound photo?" she raged. "I couldn't be more furious right now. I want to cry. My child isn't even born yet.

"I have never been more violated by a photographer. That’s the inside of my body and my child. Would u like my soul too? Nothing is sacred."

She then turned on the Mail. "FYI, I was not walking down the street parading my ultrasound photo. That was the roof of a hospital parking garage where you should be safe.

"I would like to ask @mailonline to please remove the photos because they are private medical records, and it’s an invasion."

The Mail complied with her request, but it did not prevent others from picking up on the story. The Media Blog claimed the Mail's "distasteful pursuit of celebrity children has hit a new low".

The same blog also accused the Mail of hypocrisy over its stance on the latest images of Kate Middleton. It pointed out that the Mail, which pledged to stop using paparazzi pictures after the death of Princess Diana in 1997, published long-lens images of Middleton in a bikini while on holiday in 2009.

And on the same day that the Mail agonised over the royal couple's "anguish" because of the baby-bump bikini images, it ran another story about Wayne Rooney's pregnant wife, Coleen, who had been photographed as she "showed off her ever-growing baby bump... [in] a flattering aquamarine bikini".

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