As someone who is repulsed by the celebrity gossip industry, I was pleased to come across this story:

Nicole Richie Lashes Out at Paparazzi for Filming Near Daughter’s School

Some highlights:

In a letter posted on her blog on Tuesday, Nicole lashed out at the paparazzi agency X-17, after they posted a video on their site, which showed their cameraman sitting across the street from her daughter Harlow’s school, filming husband Joel Madden drop off the couple’s child.

“THANK YOU so much for posting the video of your employees sitting outside of my daughter’s school, because now the entire world can see how creepy and disgusting you are,” Nicole wrote on her blog. “You do not get to spend 200 dollars on a camera, and think that gives you a free pass to shadow my child. These are strangers, grown men, stalking young children. You think that’s ok?

“Here’s a better visual: Pulling up to school and seeing grown men slouched in black windowed cars outside of a preschool, all day. I’m not even there, so you cannot say you are following me as you always do. You are stalking the children. Now how do you feel?” Nicole’s blog continued.

“I PROMISE YOU that I am going to do a background check on each and every person that I see there. For the safety of my children and others. Because the last time I did a check on your staff, I found they had no license. Remember that day? The day that ended with a car accident and me in a hospital?” she wrote. “These are young children and you should know better. X17, you are irresponsible and repulsive. Consider this a warning.”

I fully support Ms. Richie in principle – I’m not a fan of celebrity in general.  But it’s a pretty warped industry that thinks it has license to stalk people, including innocent children, to the point of death. Bravo to Richie and Madden for standing up to these crass paparazzi.

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