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When it comes to getting exclusive celebrity photos, paparazzi consider it their job to cross the line. In this latest incident, a photographer crossed that line way beyond any call of duty and ended up crashing into Nicole Kidman.
On Thursday, the actress was walking into the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan when a photographer on a bicycle hurtled into her, knocking them both to the ground. The paparazzo, Carl Wu, had apparently followed her car from Calvin Klein's Fashion Week show to the Carlyle, in hopes of getting a photo. Instead, he gave somebody else the chance to photograph Kidman in mid-fall, stumbling from her spindly designer heels.
"She looked hurt, but there wasn't any blood," a witness told Us. "She put her shoes back on and ran into the Carlyle."
It appears that Wu lost control of his brakes, since witnesses say that he tried to stop the bicycle. However, he was also reportedly going around 20 miles per hour, and he was riding on the sidewalk -- which is illegal in New York City.
Here's something else worth noting about Wu: He's a teenager. Wu is a self-made photographer who started snapping pictures of celebrities when he was 14. He's now 19, and this isn't his first questionable run-in with a celebrity: In 2010, he got into a scuffle with Lady Gaga's bodyguards in Boston.
As for Thursday's incident, Kidman immediately called the police and attempted to press charges. But because she had no injuries, the cops refused to arrest him, and instead wrote him a ticket for biking on the sidewalk.
"An accident's an accident," a police officer told a witness.
But was it really an accident? This kid was biking illegally down the street, disregarding the safety of others, in order to target this one woman. Under the circumstances, it's not too shocking that somebody got hurt.
Unfortunately, as Kidman learned, it's nearly impossible to press charges for something like this. Paparazzi laws don't exist in most states, and even when they do, they are notoriously difficult to enforce.
That's why celebrities like Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner are currently pressing for tougher laws in California. These two famous moms are particularly concerned for their children, and Garner's testimony is heartbreaking.
"Literally every day, there are as many as 15 cars of photographers waiting outside our home," Garner told the state assembly in August. "In the course of our ordinary day -- trips to school, pediatrician, ballet or the grocery store -- paparazzi swarm. ... My 17-month-old baby is terrified and cries. My 4-year-old says, 'Why do these men never smile? Why do they never go away? Why are they always with us?'"
There's a difference between being a public figure and literally having your personal space and private moments taken away from you. When there are no boundaries, that's when people get hurt. It's already gone too far. Isn't there something that can be done to stop it from going further?