A freelance paparazzo who was involved in a high-speed chase of Justin Bieber on a Southern California freeway on July 6 has been hit with four criminal charges by the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office.
According to a statement from the City Attorney's Office issued on Wednesday, the pap in question is freelancer Paul Raef. He has been charged with following a vehicle too closely and driving recklessly with the purpose of getting potentially profitable photos; failing to follow the orders of a peace officer; and another separate count of reckless driving.
Raef, 30, was one of a pack of six drivers who were pursuing 18-year-old pop star Justin Bieber at speeds "well in excess of 80 mph" on July 6, the statement says.
The chase was an accident waiting to happen, Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine told CNN. Zine said he observed Bieber flying past him in his Fisker Karma hybrid at 100 mph that morning.
"He was coming up behind me, making abrupt lane changes, not giving signals, cutting off cars," said Zine, who is also a reserve police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. The pack of cars chasing Bieber was following the singer "close by, at a rapid speed, all of them."
According to the statement from the City Attorney's Office, Bieber complied with police and pulled over when officers caught up with him and his pursuer, but Raef, who was driving a Toyota Rav 4, didn't stop and sped off instead. About 30 minutes later, after Bieber had been cited for speeding and released, the teen star called 911 to report that the Toyota was following him again.
Police found Raef along with other paparazzi in a downtown L.A. parking lot and confirmed that he was the driver of the Toyota that had skirted away earlier, and referred Raef's case to the City Attorney's Office for prosecution.
This is the first time someone has been prosecuted under a California law that hands down additional penalties to paparazzi who drive recklessly in order to obtain photographs or video of celebrities for financial gain. That legislation was passed in 2010.
If Raef is convicted, he could face up to a year in county jail and $3,500 in fines. His arraignment is scheduled for August 9.
Bieber, meanwhile, is set to appear in court for his speeding citation in September.
Me and my friend try this for two day follow each other around. which was a little strange but we wanted to know what it feel like being followed. When you do not expect to see some one you know it a little strange because every where I turn he was their some time I forgot it was him a speed up to 60 to 90 then I remeber oh yeah it my friend. I'm in no real danger. He did to. He told me yesturday He still look behind hind his back to make sure I am not following him and I do the same now when I car lights come I still get a little nervous think are they following me or are they going home try it with your friends it strange you wll see what is like to be a celebrities most likely.
Hate to burst some bubbles this paparazzo works by him shelf. The other reason the police officer can told him off well you way your right to privetecy when your a celebrities. A school resourse officer told me You never ever say any thing like that your just asking for trouble for your shelf and the department you work for. He could of went to the fedral court house a file a complain againist that officer. Which would of lead into a long month investagation by the FBI into that officer and the CHP leaders. He basicley to his rights away and last time I check Police officer can not do that. That why police get mad when you tape them or picture them why doing a normal person traffic stop. Why
I think the CHP may want to rethink their traffic stop procedures with celebrities. Here an Ideal why do not let them paparazzi around and take picture of the celebrities pull over. It will solve a lot of problems they have with the paparazzi. maybe some new people should go under cover as a rookie paparazzi but take a video cam and tape them instead of the celebrities it will show people how danger it can be for a celebrities.
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Please don't hate him because he's beautiful! You old jealous maggots can't see past your snot at this point to be making such comments about him.
He is generous mostly to himself, he is a terrible person, his crappy singing is only the fist of his bad qualities. No teenager should have that much money and power, it has and will continue to destroy him.
Why hasn't Bieber been charged with impersonating a man?
One year in jail isn't enough. It won't be enough of a deterrent to the rest of them.
What ever happened to Britney Spears? She got clean so the paparazzi are now leaving her alone?
The paps are out of control. They already killed Princess Diana. For punishment Alec Baldwin should be allowed to kick their a$$. Good job Beibs!
You're another idiot...BIEBER was the CAUSE of ALL of it....if he drove the speed limit, so would everyone that was following him...
And why dont you eat poop?
one of these days the pap with get the shot they want..justin taking up his bootie by a huge blk dong. When is this snot nose lil runt going to come out anyway? You can easily see he likes slobbing on a knob...id phuck selena rite in front of him and all he do is cry and pee on himself ..lmfao
why hasn't bieber been charged as well? he was recklessly driving at high speed in a pathetic attempt to flee photographers.
He was, try reading the article more closely...
Rico....it plainly states in the article that JB was charged with speeding and reckless driving. (twice) Might want to bone up on your reading comprehension skills.
Reading is not your strong suit is it? ¿Habla inglés?
He was charged with speeding, and probably should have been charged with reckless driving – the reckless drive charge should be dropped, with a warning, but the speeding ticket should stick. The Pap should have his license revoked. It would be fun to see him try to chase folks on a bicycle – serve him right.
he was cited for speeding, but he should have been charged with reckless driving, reckless endangerment and spend the next 2 years of his life in jail. just for being a f'king moron
Um, He WAS cited. He was not charged because he complied with police orders to pull over. The other guy sped off to avoid prosecution and was caught later.
He was. Read the entire article before you type...better yet: read the entire article, think and then comment.
If you actually read the article, you would know he WAS charged. Idiot!
I bet Tom Tom likes the money shot.
Such a nice young lady.
It's about time these paps get brought under control. I used to live in LA and saw them in action more than once. They try to intimidate, corner, and scare stars. They are aggressive and nasty. The fine is BS, but a year in county, being the girlfriend of a gang member should soften them up a bit. Stars are public people, and as such should not complain about getting their pictures taken, but when it goes over the top like this, it's too much. Still Bieber might think about driving a lower-profile car. A car like that might as well have a neon sign on it.
If America wasn't such a stupid celebrity worshiping culture, there wouldn't be this issue. You play pretend for a living? So does my 4 year old. Handle it!!!
Bieber is just as guilty of reckless driving. I'm not sure what legitimate reason was given for letting him off so easily.
Dude or girl grow up a little. It's called respect you people have no class. My girlfriend dad would of done the same thing and he is a former DA and now is a lawyer. The city attoney had to do that or Justin bieber ticket would of been throw out base on the evedince that he was chase either way now the CHP is going to get paid big time. My girlfriemd dad the LA DA has no choice but to file charges againist the paparazzo they can only file one them for charges. That all we know. Base on what he heard it was the right decison or It will be saiding the chase never happen and niether the speeding.
JUSTIN BIEBER PULLED OVER FOR THE POLICE. THE PAPARAZZO DIDN'T NOW IF THE PAPARAZZO WOULD OF PULLED OVER HE WOULD HAVE GOT A TICKET TO. THE PAPARAZZO IS LUCKY THE COULD OF CHARGE HIM WITH A FELONY FLEEDING THE POLICE. IN ANY OTHER STATE THEY WOULD OF AND STAKING TO. THAT THE REASON WHY. I HEARD AFTER THE CHP HEARD ALL OF THE 911 CALLS. THEY HAD NO CHOICE OR BIEBER WOULD OF GOT OFF ANY WAY. I HOPE THEN SEND A MESSAGES TO THE PAPARAZZI TO BACK OFF. OH AND IT'S THE PAPARAZZO SECOND TIME IN TROUBLE. Hedi Klum has a restaining order againist the same Paparazzo. and he chase her down town and block and punch ianother paparazzo in the face.
Good. It's about time someone started reigning in these vultures. I'm not one to defend celebrities, because many of them are guilty of the same reckless behaviors as the paparazzi, but these photographers make a career out of harassing and, in many cases, endangering the people they pursue. Perhaps if we could all stop buying the National Enquirer and stop watching TMZ, the incentive for this kind of activity would disappear. It'll never happen, but it's a nice thought.
I wonder if he hung an autographed copy of Sarah Palin's famous 'crosshairs' poster on his bedroom wall...
I wonder if he goes to teaparty rallies at the Walmart parking lot...
I wonder if he dreams of owning a double-wide trailer...
These stalkers should be prosecuted with prejudice. There is zero excuse for stalking and intruding on citizen's ability to go shopping, have dinner, go to the beach or vacation, or walk down the street without being stalked and having their images taken without their permission. I'm not a target, just a citizen with common sense and any sense of civility. Prosecute these guys, and give them max sentences for any related crimes committed in the act of stalking.
Justin is not a citizen. He's Canadian...
Something tells me Bigdog has a small red rocket.
As a photographer I cannot imagine shooting someone that hasn't given permission; even when I do street shooting I still have to use caution – these people are just thugs with cameras.
I am glad to see one of the photographers has been charged. If convicted, I hope is sentence is severe enough to dissuade others.
Beiber should get the death penalty
I want to tell you something. The number one reason why paparazzo got charge was his background. If he did have the first incented with the other paparazzo He most likely wouldn't of been charge. So one of those court are coming off from the first one he had. So he done this before what will happen.
I wonder if a regular Joe was caught dong 100mph+ if all they would get is a ticket.
Well.. that would depend on a lot of things. Primarily if Joe thought he was threatened and was trying to get away from his attackers. I know I wouldn’t want some goon with a camera hit my car at highway speeds has he tried to get ‘the money shot’.
p.s. I am also no fan of the beave…
ALL involved should get to 'donate' a hundred thousand or so to charity and serve a few thousand hours community service.
Everyone including the Bieb should have received charges. Just b/c they were following him doesn't give him the right to endanger others any more than they have that right while trying to get a pic of silly kid. Really is either worth an innocent person's life. Sorry Bieb you wanted fame & now you have it. Pull over next time & call the cops don't use the highway as your personal drag strip
Did you read the article? Bieber also got charged. He is schedule to appear in court in September
"Bieber complied with police and pulled over ... Bieber had been cited for speeding and released"
I'm glad they were charged! Stalking a young kid like that is wrong!
The problem is not with the paparazzi, it's the people who buy the magazines with these photos. If no one cares, then the photos aren't worth anything. Simple supply and demand.
nope, i don't take responsibility for how the photos are obtained.
How does that apply to Diana?
Good question, who the hell does my those stupid mags?
Beib's necklace looks cute. He should get matching earrings.
That's utterly moronic. By that kind of logic, heroin dealers are just doing 'supply and demand', too.
Actually it is logical...and true. Dealers often don't party with the drugs they sell. Paps probably couldn't care less about celebs lives. But both "professions" earn money off DEMAND that people in society create. Soooooo, if people didn't purchase these magazines or watch TMZ and whatnot, then there is nothing to sell. Just like if nobody did heroin, there would be no heroin dealers. Now do you follow the logic? Just stop buying the junk....I'm referring to celebrity news btw ;)
Too lenient. 5 years minimum jail and all profits of any pictures during that time null and void and the stalked can sue for it. A total ban from doing this kind of work again or supporting this kind of work. Enough of these animals putting people at risk.
i dislike beiber immensely but i would be speeding to get away from dbag paparazzi as well
I live in Justin's community. He's a kind, generous, sweet kid. He is always out in the neighborhood and is incredibly approachable and kind. I'm guessing all the people saying nasty things about him are allowed to judge since you're just as successful? Give me a break. This kid has more than you'll ever have
Success is not measured with what you own... unless you're a moron like yourself
How lame must that be? Hey I'm going to jail for trying super hard to get pictures of Justin Bieber
Why all this hate speech against Bieber? I am too old to be a fan of his music but he is a polite, thoughtful, talented performer without scandal. Why would any of you write such hateful statements about this good kid?
Not exactly w/o scandal. He flew to Europe to advoid talking to police in a ase he was involved in. I will give him this though he stoped for the police and complied with their commands.
$3,500 is nothin to the pap! They get much more than that for a blurry picture – such a fine will not deter them at all!
Both, Justin Beiber and the paparazzi should have the same penalty because regardless of the insistence of the second, Justin Bieber also broke the law and drove reckless...
Perhaps you should read the article AGAIN moron... Bieber stopped for police and received a ticket for his indiscretion... the dbag pap fled the scene, only to show up AFTER Beiber had stopped and received a ticket. Maybe you should read articles 2-3 times before placing your MORONIC statements in black and white.
If the Papparrazi crashed does that mean the highway would have had a Pap Shmear?
LOL – I love it!
Only a year and $3500? Should be more. No matter. He'll never see bars. California's prisons are already crowded to the point that they're letting prisoners out early.
I'm getting off right now!
Stop chasing this chick...she's not even hot.....I think she might have a small wang.....
that's mean, i think Biebers growing up to be a very pretty woman.
Without the paparazzi how will we find out about Bieber's eventual operation which will officially make her a man?
Thank goodness this photographer is being charged. I don't mind that Beiber got ticketed either. And I sure would hate it if anyone had gotten injured or killed.
Also, hate on celebrities all you want, say they're low lifes, but really aren't you just jealous? Just because you don't like Beiber or other celebrities, there's no need to call them ugly names, especially a kid of just 18. Would you be happy if there had been an accident and Beiber and/or others dead? No, it would be tragic. Stop and think before you say such awful things.
It would be "tragic" if he had and accident while driving correctly. At 100 mph weaving in and out of traffic and cutting people off, an accident would have been "inevitable".
Bieber was wrong! He did not have to speed! No talent, and not to smart.
It's "too"; not "to". He's certainly smart enough to make $55 million dollars last year.
First of all, he's smart enough to be a millionaire many times over, are you? Secondly, you need to be able to spell correctly yourself before calling someone else "not to smart". It's "not too smart'.
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Bieber, meanwhile, is set to appear in
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Paparazzi killed princess Diana, and now I guess there looking to Chase someone else to there death. What a shame.
10 to 1 the papparazzi was a filthy Jew.
And 10 to 1 – that you're dead from the neck up.
That boy is going to make a fine wife one day. Now excuse me while I go defecate in my neighbor's pool...
as much as I dislike celebs I hate paps even more, if celebs are low then these guys are dirt.....I can see where beibers coming from too, 18 and you've got people chasing you and you have a sports car....of course your gonna try and get away especially late night early morning.....show me an 18 year old in that situation that wouldn't try to get away I know I would've, I also would've called the cops but I wouldn't stop until I saw flashing lights, don't let paps near your car
I hate to go off subject of this pretty teenage girl and her driving problems but does anyone else notice that its so much nicer when Bansay, Obama Mama, Chrissy and all the others aren't on here having personal conversations with each other about what they're doing this weekend? I have been lobbying the moderator for months to ban them, maybe they finally have.
Let's not forget the boy (jb) is a teenager. The paparrazo on the other hand is an adult of 30!
to be chased, you must flee.
cops only chase criminals who run.
bieber shouldn't have ran, and the paps shouldn't have chased.
Thanks captain hindsight
He was being chase by the paparazzi so he had to flee. at least Justin Bieber pulled over for the police instead of fleeing like the paparazzo did. My girlfriend dad is a former DA and a lawyer now. He said the cops shouldn't have let them around his car like they did. They have the same rights as of every us citizen does. I think that why cops a LA attoney office charge him because they were worring bieber made have used that in a court of law and said I didn't wave my right to privetecy and since he a canadain citizen they have to respect the to I hope some look at that and goes what in the H-LL are we doing. Celebs are people to not some property that put out their for the pubic to bash on. I thought we had a civil war over that. Celebs should have the right to privetecy. as does everyone else.
I BET NOW THE PAPARAZZI WILL STAY A LITTLE MORE FARER AWAY FROM CELEBS KNOWING THAT THEY MAY NOW GET PUNISH.
If Paris France had these laws in 1997, Pricess Diana would be alive today!!!
stop tearing this child to shreds .. GOOD FOR BIEBS
I think it's funny now the people know the the CHP was trying to stop both of them and one fleed the scene. now all the hater has turn againist the paparazzo. Justin got a ticket and now the paparazzo will get his punishment. I wound what other celebs say about this. Does this make Justin bieber a hero among celebs. Maybe abd maybe not. time will tell..
I hate to be the spelling Nazi but, seriously? Proof read much?
Stars tweet pics all the time. We really don't need the papparazzi.just follow the stars YOU really want to see on twitter.
I got that right. I think every star will be happy about this law.
What about the other pap involved? Did they get off scott free?
Thank God no one was injured and the paparazzi should be fined heavily!
Why only a fine, which his company will pay for him? This should be jail time. Lock him up for 90days minimum. San Quentin general population, should provide him with some rehabilitation experiences, to not do this again. Make an example of this photog jerk.
They're independant freelancers. They don't work companies that will "pay for him". Prison for a driving offense that did NOT result in an accident, no injuries, and most importantly: no deaths????? I weep for the future of this country if people like you vote.
@Phil: Most paps are contracted with a news org or reporting company. They have health insurance, vacation, etc. Only a very few are completely independent. So only if another person is injured, you get jail time? You might want to review the USA criminal laws, before making such an uninformed incorrect blog reply. I say put em both in jail, same cell, so they can cut each others hair and exchange foot massages. -GF
Hey J – Thankful you called 911. People have A Right to Privacy. Personally, I wouldn't want to be famous... Too much trouble. Hope ya enjoy the Fisker.
I bet you're s€xy as hell.
i actky agree with you. Hey guys mayber this will tech other paparazzi you break the law twice. Yes hedi klum had a restaining order on the same paparazzo who chase bieber down. He chase her down to and punch another paparazzo in the face. the paparazzo got charge because he broke the law twice. the paparazzo need to be either find heaverly or be in jail. Now if the paparazzo would of pulled over all he would of got a ticket to most likey.
If you run from the Police you get charged with a crime, but if you run from people that want to take your photo, that's ok?
Thanks Biebfor putting our lives in danger!
That was a STUPID comparison
Your comment made no sense! Read it out loud to yourself next time before you post it!
I think his comment makes sense. Bieber didn't have to run and endanger lives. He literally has THOUSANDS of pics taken of him weekly but for some reason he felt that it was more important to drive 80 mph to not have one more photo taken that day? He should get his license suspended for 3 months at least.
Bieber blew me this morning. And swallowed.
He blew you too?
She's getting cuter as she gets older, I just don't understand why she keeps her hair so butch.
If you people stopped buying the magazines that pay for these photos, then it paps hounding celebs would stop!!! Wk
HOW ABOUT there are national paparazzi laws which include: ANYONE convicted of ANY paparazzi related offense in a car is banned from selling any photos for five years, and anyone caught buying/hiring/contracting with this person is fined $1,000,000. I bet THAT slows 'em down a bit!
You people are tough! How's Peter Parker gonna make a living if he can't sell Jameson those Spider-Man photos?
Lock this man up. He's a risk to EVERYONE else who is just trying to go about their life. Does a private citizen it worse, a family have to die in a crash before these pigs are reigned in?
SOMEONE HAS died. Ever heard of Princess Di? 1997? Tunnel?
Paparazzi will continue to push the envelope in the name of making money and get away with it until somebody ends up DEAD! Speeding tickets and fines will not deter these idiots. Has'nt anyone learned anything from the death of Princess Diana?
"didn't they learn from diana's death" she has been dead for a decade and theyve only started making law in "2010"?NO ONE should be allowed toput the lives of other drivers in danger. young Justin needs to learn that also. make the fine stifer. you right he wont get jail time, but make him pay dearly.
I hate justin beiber and my friends love him but i am happy the Pap Has been charged
As much as I hate Justin Beiber ( my daughter adores him) I'm glad the pap has been charged.
So do you hate him because your daughter "Loves" him?
The paps are stalkers and I'm glad they finally got charged.
I hope the law nails the Pap! They are out of control.
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