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    Cameraman charged after Disneyland incident

    Cameraman charged after Disneyland incident

    October 9, 2005

    Ananheim, California - A photographer was charged with child endangerment and battery for allegedly striking a five-year-old child with his camera and shoving another out of the way to take pictures of Reese Witherspoon and her children.

    Todd K. Wallace, 44, was charged on Friday and was due back in court on Wednesday, Assistant City Attorney Patrick Ahle said.

    The photographer also is charged with battering the five-year-old's mother, who is a friend of Witherspoon, and two employees at a Disney theme park, said Anaheim Police Sergeant Rick Martinez.

    Wallace became angry when the Legally Blonde star and her friends declined to be photographed September 2 at Disney's California Adventure and cursed them, Martinez said. Wallace was initially cited for misdemeanor assault and battery of the two employees
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    The incident left some of the children in tears.

    Tabloids must realise that "battering and endangering a child to get a picture for their magazines is criminal and not business as usual," said Witherspoon's attorney, Blair Berk.

    A phone message left for Wallace early Saturday was not immediately returned. He served more than four years in prison after a 1993 conviction of second-degree burglary and receiving goods by fraud, according to state corrections records.

    In August, prosecutors decided not to charge photographers whom Witherspoon said chased her from her gym and trapped her outside the West Los Angeles gated community where she lives with her husband, actor Ryan Phillippe, and their two children. - Sapa-AP

    What would you do if it was your child in the way? I don't think many people could control themselves.

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    Re: Cameraman charged after Disneyland incident

    What an idiot!!

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    Re: Cameraman charged after Disneyland incident

    I am not sticking up for him, but if he just swung his arm chances are he is going to hit a kid. I hate how parents let their kids go wild, oh wait. This was at CA? Nevermind.

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    Re: Cameraman charged after Disneyland incident

    Quote Originally Posted by C-HOX
    I am not sticking up for him, but if he just swung his arm chances are he is going to hit a kid. I hate how parents let their kids go wild, oh wait. This was at CA? Nevermind.
    According to the post, he...
    -Struck a five-year-old child with his camera
    -Shoved another out of the way
    -Battered the five-year-old's mother
    -Cursed them out
    and before this incident, he
    -was jailed for second-degree burglary and receiving goods by fraud

    I don't think this was a case of him hitting the child by accident. This was a case of a desperate photographer who cares more about getting the picture then about other people. This seems like the kind of guy who harrasses celebrities and people in general.

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    Re: Cameraman charged after Disneyland incident

    Quote Originally Posted by askmike1
    According to the post, he...
    -Struck a five-year-old child with his camera
    -Shoved another out of the way
    -Battered the five-year-old's mother
    -Cursed them out
    and before this incident, he
    -was jailed for second-degree burglary and receiving goods by fraud

    I don't think this was a case of him hitting the child by accident. This was a case of a desperate photographer who cares more about getting the picture then about other people. This seems like the kind of guy who harrasses celebrities and people in general.

    -Michael
    Just like most other stalk-arazzi's

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    Re: Cameraman charged after Disneyland incident

    The paparazzi needs to give it a rest. It's really too bad that celebrities can't go anywhere.

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    Re: Cameraman charged after Disneyland incident

    Jerk.

    I can't wait for Arnold to kick some paparazzi butt through the legal system

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    Re: Cameraman charged after Disneyland incident

    They should allow celebrities that law that was passed in Florida not too long ago.

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    Re: Cameraman charged after Disneyland incident

    The Paparazzis are really starting to make a (worse) name for themselves with recent incidents.


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    Re: Cameraman charged after Disneyland incident

    So a big TV/movie star visits DL with their family...Big-deal...Who cares??? Let them enjoy the Park alone w/o being bothered by cameras. And this incident is WAY over the line. If they were my kids...I'd sue!

    They should have better things to report about.

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    Re: Cameraman charged after Disneyland incident

    Quote Originally Posted by askmike1
    According to the post, he...
    -Struck a five-year-old child with his camera
    -Shoved another out of the way
    -Battered the five-year-old's mother
    -Cursed them out
    and before this incident, he
    -was jailed for second-degree burglary and receiving goods by fraud

    I don't think this was a case of him hitting the child by accident. This was a case of a desperate photographer who cares more about getting the picture then about other people. This seems like the kind of guy who harrasses celebrities and people in general.

    -Michael

    Well, hopefully he will raped in prison by "accident" anyway......what an A-hole.
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    Re: Cameraman charged after Disneyland incident

    That's a shame, I think they should be able to strike him with his camera in retaliation.
    I wonder, if doing something like this allowed for legal physical retailiation how long would it take for this kind of thing to become not so often?

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    Re: Cameraman charged after Disneyland incident

    If I had any political power, I would definately defend the celebrities. Paparazzi shoul only be able to take photos of them at press mettings, premiers, award shows, etc. but not during their private lives.

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    Re: Cameraman charged after Disneyland incident

    Quote Originally Posted by openattheseams
    They should allow celebrities that law that was passed in Florida not too long ago.

    What law is that?

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    Re: Cameraman charged after Disneyland incident

    The incident could have been worse. Lindsay Lohan may have been there and had an accident in the parking structure.

    I'm just surprised there were actually people at DCA. Enough to run over and injure.

    What's that I hear about the PeopleMover coming back?

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