January 3rd, 2013
11:31 AM ET
In the wake of a traffic accident that took the life of a paparazzo, Miley Cyrus is backing up Justin Bieber's call for legislation.
The 20-year-old singer/actress, who's also frequently captured by paparazzi cameras as she goes about her daily activities, posted on Twitter Tuesday that the death of the photographer who died trying to take pictures of Bieber should be a turning point.
"Hope this paparazzi/JB accident brings on some changes in '13," Cyrus posted Tuesday, the day of the accident. "Paparazzi are dangerous! Wasn't Princess Di enough of a wake up call?!"
The deceased photographer was hit by oncoming traffic on Tuesday when crossing the street after taking photos of the occupants inside Bieber's parked white Ferrari. The 18-year-old pop star wasn't in his vehicle; it was a friend, 19-year-old rapper Lil Twist, who was behind the wheel.
According to a rep, the 19-year-old, whose real name is Christopher Moore, was pulled over for a routine traffic stop and didn't witness the paparazzo being hit by an oncoming SUV truck. Moore was unaware that he was being followed by photographers, and, along with Bieber, has sent his condolences to the family.
"While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim," Bieber said in a statement. "Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders, and the photographers themselves."
Cyrus, for one, is interested in helping that happen.
"It is unfair for anyone to put this on to Justin's conscious as well! This was bound to happen! Your mom teaches u when your a child not to play in the street! The chaos that comes with the paparazzi acting like fools makes it impossible for anyone to make safe choices."
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