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Don't mess with a mama. On Tuesday, Nicole Richie posted a scathing letter on her blog, in which she calls out gossip site X17 for sending paparazzi to her daughter's preschool.
"You do not get to spend 200 dollars on a camera, and think that gives you a free pass to shadow my child," writes Richie, the mother of Harlow, 2, and Sparrow, 13 months. "These are strangers, grown men, stalking young children. You think that’s ok?"
Richie goes on to reveal that X17's photographers spend whole days staking out Harlows's school -- even when her famous mom isn't around.
"I'm not even there, so you cannot say you are following me," she points out. "You are stalking the children."
Richie ends the letter with a threat: she promises that she will "do a background check on each and every person" she sees outside Harlow's school. She says that if any photographer "has a suspended, restricted or invalid license" -- like the guys who rear-ended her car a year ago -- she "will have them thrown in jail before they can pick up the phone and call their lawyers."
We have three words for Nicole Richie: you go, mama! It's one thing to take a photo of a celebrity kid with their parent -- it's another matter to stake out their school when the parent isn't around. Many high-profile parents, including Julia Roberts and Travis Barker, have gotten into public altercations with photographers trying to snap their kids. More often, they just glare at the camera or try to outrun the photographers. Richie's approach seems smart and fair.
But will it be effective? We may find out soon enough; on Tuesday, Harlow's dad Joel Madden looked up the registration of one of the cars, and tweeted the name of the owner.
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