Clooney Berates Paparazzi on Road Rules

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The Associated Press
Tuesday, November 20, 2007; 9:48 PM

NEW YORK -- George Clooney says paparazzi should respect the rules of the road. The 46-year-old actor admonished photographers while riding his motorcycle in Los Angeles on Friday with his girlfriend, Sarah Larson, Clooney spokesman Stan Rosenfield told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

A video clip posted on shows Clooney pulling off to the side of a street, then saying to photographers: "You can drive all you want, you can take my picture all you want, but what you cannot do is put people in danger."

Clooney and Larson were injured in September when their motorcycle and a car collided on a road in Weehawken, N.J.

"You look at the footage of (Britney Spears) running the red light ... there's eight guys with cameras at night in the middle of the street," Clooney says in an interview to air Tuesday on syndicated entertainment TV show "Entertainment Tonight."

"There are no rules now," he says, comparing paparazzi to "bounty hunters."

"What they're doing is illegal," the actor says. "It's high-speed chases and they're competing with each other. They're not trying to catch me doing something stupid, they're trying to create me doing something stupid. You don't get to break all these laws and then say, `I'm just doing my job.'"

"I don't want to restrict anyone's rights," says Clooney. "Take your pictures but don't go 60 (miles per hour) down a one-way street."


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