Support has flooded in for Louis Tomlinson following his arrest after a run in with a paparazzo and two female fans at LAX airport on Friday night.
The star – who tragically lost his mum to cancer in December – has been released from jail on $20,000 bail after being booked for battery, but fellow celebrities who have experienced the ruthless tactics of vulture-like paparazzi are coming forward to share their stories and offer him advice.
When Hollywood legend Alec Baldwin was asked his thoughts on the unsettling events, that involved photographer, Karl Larsen, he said he is concerned for the safety of younger stars.
He said: “You have to remember, Louis lost his mum recently, he’s been through a grieving process.
“And then you’ve got these two crazy fans who now seem to be boasting that they’ve caused this scene. What sort of fans are you?”
Despite this, the 58-year-old actor admitted Louis made a mistake by responding to the provocation and urged young celebrities to invest their money in a proper security team.
He told ‘Good Morning Britain’: “It’s never a good idea to respond.
“But if you do, I say to people, they got the better of you, and try to do better.
“When you are young and you don’t have a wife or especially children take my advice, use that money now for a bodyguard.”
Louis, 25, was with his girlfriend Eleanor Calder when the dramatic incident occurred. The pap, Karl, went to hospital with concussion and claimed that Louis had “smashed his head on the floor.”
Meanwhile, Louis won’t have to pay the $20,000 sum unless he fails to attend court in Los Angeles on March 29.
And Martin Singer, Louis’ lawyer, has insisted the ‘Just Hold On’ hitmaker was not to blame for the altercation taking place.
He said: “The paparazzi provoked and caused the altercation that occurred with Louis. It’s not the first 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 defence.”