He just wouldn’t leave her alone.
Actress and former Disney Channel star Hilary Duff says she was being hounded by a member of the paparazzi over the weekend — and the very pregnant star decided to fight back.
Duff, who’s nine months pregnant, said the man followed her to her son’s soccer game and while she visited her sister at home. Finally, when the man wouldn’t leave her alone — apparently he was trying to take the perfect picture — she broke out her smartphone, recorded the ensuing exchange and posted the video to her Instagram account, where she has chronicled her growing baby bump and boasts more than 10 million followers.
“I’ve asked you once to leave me alone. Can you please stop taking my picture? You’re, like, hunting me down,” Duff, who currently stars in TV Land’s Younger, said. “I feel very uncomfortable. Please leave a pregnant woman alone.”
The guy is hardly remorseful, and actually protests, saying that he “lost his whole morning” because he didn’t get any photographs of her. (But what did she lose, besides her privacy and safety?)
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This guy has been at my sons soccer game this morning then followed me to my sisters house and was basically parked in her drive way to get photos. Followed me to run errands. I politely asked him to let me be and he continues to follow and stalk me down like pray for hours now. This is not ok. I am 9 months pregnant. When people say that’s what you get for signing up to be a celebrity it honestly makes me sick. This is every day of every month and it’s simply not ok. If a non “celeb”(I’m sorry to use that word) was dealing with this the law would be involved
This is yet another chapter in the ongoing fight for celebrities to maintain some sense of boundaries between their personal and public lives. In her Instagram caption, Duff wrote, “When people say that’s what you get for signing up to be a celebrity it honestly makes me sick. This is every day of every month and it’s simply not ok.”
Kristen Bell also confronted a creepy paparazzo over the summer, and told the Today show that she went up to the photographer, who was parked outside her children’s preschool, and told him, “Hi, my name’s Kristen….Do you realize how much you are putting my kids at risk? I have confidence your mom raised you better.” He erased the photos.
Meanwhile, Duff’s video has been viewed over two million times. It’s safe to say this photographer is on his way to being recognized for all the wrong reasons.
Read the full story at The Washington Post.