Louis Tomlinson has been arrested following an altercation with a photographer at LAX airport.
The row got physical after the photographer began to invade his personal space and encroach upon his on-off girlfriend, blogger Eleanor Calder.
It all kicked off at baggage reclaim (hardly surprising, as fans of Holiday Showdown will attest to), where the paparazzi was waiting for Louis and Eleanor to emerge after they’d arrived off their flight.
Apparently, the One Direction star was arrested in a citizen’s arrest (how do you do one of those, btw?) and was later charged with battery, according to TMZ.
The pap was also arrested, but nobody knows if he’s been charged yet – probably because no-one really cares.
WELL HE’S NOT IN ONE DIRECTION, IS HE?!
Anyway, the legal eagle inside us says that Louis probably won’t get thrown in prison for the rest of his life, and will probably just get a ticking off and that.
Onlookers described the bust-up – and it all sounds very WWE meets TOWIE season finale:
According to TMZ: “He allegedly pulled the photog to the floor by his legs. The photographer fell backward and struck his back and head on the floor.
"It didn’t end there. A female witness started recording Louis’ female companion as she tried to leave. The 2 women allegedly then got into a physical altercation.”
It’s like #BagelGate all over again :(
Louis’ lawyer released a statement this morning, which read: “The paparazzi provoked and caused the altercation that occurred with Louis at the airport this morning.
"This is not the first or last time that a paparazzi has created an altercation with a celebrity.
While the altercation was going on with the paparazzi, three other individuals were attacking his girlfriend during this incident and he came to her defense, causing airport security to intervene”.
What a drama, eh? Maybe next time just take a National Express or something, eh Louis? The paps can’t get you if you’re doing 60mph on the M6, right?