Hollywood starlet Scarlett Johansson has made the headlines again after a near fatal incident involving the paparazzi. Johansson was followed by paparazzi for several blocks after she finished taping for Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, April 8. She said that her car was followed by five cars with tinted windows that was full of people who were skipping red lights. She said they were doing so to find out where she is staying and to click photographs of her and her daughter.
“The paparazzi consistently go to increasingly dangerous lengths to stalk and harass the people they are photographing. Even after Princess Diana‘s tragic death, the laws were never changed to protect targets from the lawless paparazzi,” Scarlett said in her statement to E! News. “Many paparazzi have criminal pasts and will perform criminal acts to get their shot.”
Scarlett continued in her statement, “The paparazzi put people’s lives at risk, so they can wait for days in quiet neighborhoods in blacked out cars, and try to follow me to the playground and photograph my child and other people’s children in a safe place that should be off limits, but isn’t. All of this is perfectly legal.”
“I felt it was my duty as a concerned citizen who was being pursued dangerously and stalked to go to the local precinct and seek guidance there. I would encourage others in a similar situation to go to the police,” she said.
“Women across the US are stalked, harassed and frightened and a universal law to address stalking must be at the forefront of law enforcement conversations. Until paparazzi are considered by the law for the criminal stalkers they are, it’s just a waiting game before another person gets seriously injured or killed, like Princess Diana.”
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