Reputed paparazzo on bike hits Anne Hathaway's car
December 17, 2009 | 5:47 pm
Some people will do anything for a photograph.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a man believed to be a paparazzo did exactly that when he smashed his bicycle into the side of a car owned by actress Anne Hathaway.
The Oscar-nominated actress was in an Audi driven by boyfriend Adam Shulman when the collision occurred shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday near Westbourne Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, said sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore.
The accident occurred as Hathaway’s car was making a turn. Neither Hathaway, who starred in "The Princess Diaries," nor Shulman was injured.
The reputed paparazzo, who was not identified, refused medical treatment and left. His road bike was a Viola 24-speed, authorities said.
Witnesses told sheriff’s investigators that the cyclist was moving "way too fast and could have avoided an accident," Whitmore said. No arrest was made, however.
Asked how he knew that the man was, in fact, a paparazzo, Whitmore said he had a large, telephoto lens on "a high-end still camera."
"If’ he’s not a paparazzo, he’s an avid bird watcher," Whitmore said.