Nicole Richie takes a photo of a stalking pap & Instagrams it: funny or dumb?

Nicole Richie

This is just kind of a fun story (not really news) that I found myself drawn to because I sort of admire Nicole Richie no-nonsense attitude. Nicole was on a trip from New York to Los Angeles and a paparazzo was on the same flight as her. After landing, Nicole noticed that the man was not attending to his own daughter while trying to take a photo of Nicole, so she tweeted about it and snapped the above photos for Instagram.

Nicole’s description of events seems a little bit embellished, but let’s do this anyway: “This paparazzi (sic) dragged his poor, sweet little girl on my plane from NYC to LA. As he ran her off the plane, he dropped her ON THE FLOOR of LAX as she laid there, crying her eyes out.. Just to get his shot. #Heartbreaking #FatherOfTheYear.

Nicole Richie

You gotta love Nicole’s spunk, right? Obviously, this dude did not book a flight to Los Angeles with his daughter in tow just so he could take photos of Nicole Richie. He was probably merely on the same flight and saw an opportunity to make a few bucks at his usual profession since he was already carrying his massive pap cam with him. I doubt he tossed his child — who was probably merely throwing a toddler tantrum — onto the floor, but the guy should have been attending to his daughter instead of snapping a photo of a celeb. Whatever the case, it’s still funny that Nicole did this to a pap.

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie

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  1. Celeste says:

    Good for you Nicole. He’s probably already gotten in s**t from the wife. LOL

  2. Fritzi Schnitzer says:

    Why would one assume she embellished it and that the child was probably just having a tantrum? It looks like it happened exactly as Nicole described.

    • RocketMerry says:

      Right. Ever read the horrible things NR wrote to one victim of Lindsay’s stealing? Nicole is exactly the kind of person who shows a pretty and quirky exterior to the world, all while bending the truth and being cruel to others. And it’s not even the very common “coming back home to bitch about the day or the people you met” we’re all guilty of; it’s rather a “I’ll frigging hurt you if I can manage to just do that and not get caught, just for fun” attitude.

      I don’t believe anything that woman says. Ever. Sorry.

  3. Kiddo says:

    Who is buying photos of Nicole Richie these days? Is this her way of proving that someone, anyone, still cares about where she is and what she is doing?

  4. teehee says:

    FAIR game. You know if she was carryign her child, and no matter the cause for HER child being on the floor, she owuld have been crucified and they woudl have snapped hundreds of photos of it, and make quick, dirty money off of her.
    I hope this guy is greatly embarrassed and I hope this sends a small message out to the paps: develop a sense of ethics and morality, if even just slightly!

    • Teresa says:

      Yes, exactly!! If any celeb was doing what that paparazzi was doing, most of the comments here would be judging that celebrity just as unfairly as they are judging Nicole for her comments. She was probably being facetious because of how the tabloids make crap up about celebs all the time!

  5. Katie says:

    I’ve never liked her. You can put lipstick on a pig, and it’s still a pig. I’m not excusing the paparazzi’s actions, but if that event went down the way she claims, why didn’t she rush over there and check on the child’s well-being? I don’t have children, but if I saw one fall off a bench, especially one that young, I’d make sure he/she was okay. Nicole the attention-seeker? She Instagrams it.

    • Lucinda says:

      So many possibilities. 1) The child didn’t actually fall, but is throwing a tantrum and Nicole is making a point by exaggerating the situation because the dad should be paying attention to the child. 2) The child fell a moment before she snapped her pic and fell because dad was paying attention to Nicole instead of the child. 3) Nicole did go over to help after she took the pic (unlikely because it doesn’t seem safe to me).

      Regardless, someone above made an excellent point that if the tables were turned, we would be yelling at Nicole, not the person taking a picture of her and her child. I think he’s total fair game.

    • Lucy says:

      I can’t stand her either, she just seems like a class A bitch to me

    • Hakura says:

      @Katie – Aw, why must we blast the humble Pig w/comparisons like this? xD

      (All I could see after reading your lipstick comment was my guinea pig with lipstick on it’s mouth xD)

  6. Faye says:

    I’m no fan of the paps, but people are not required to carry their children 24/7 – in fact, I think it’s ridiculous to see all these Hollywood parents toting around their toddlers, who are old enough to walk, as if they were infants. And the kid was right next to him.

    As for Nicole Richie, didn’t she become famous for being famous? The fashion and entertainment stuff came later, but at the ripe old age of 33, I can remember when she first became famous – through a reality show with Paris Hilton, then a few DUIs (drugs, I think), then motherhood and marriage. She wouldn’t even be famous if not for people like that pap.

  7. judyjudy says:

    If he was stalking her why is his back to her in two of those pictures?

  8. lucy2 says:

    I don’t see anything wrong with turning the tables on the guy, and letting him know what it feels like to have every movement photographed and dissected.

  9. Lisa says:

    How do we know he is a paparazzo? Just because he has a big camera? Did she ever think that maybe he is carrying around a camera because he is a tourist? Saying he “dropped” his kid is very extreme. I bet he just set her on the ground to walk around and she chose to lay there. The picture doesn’t show her crying since it is so blurry. The only thing that man is guilty of is taking a picture of Nicole Richie. Seriously, weren’t there bigger celebrities there?

    • Another Ann says:

      She probably recognized the guy. Celebs do recognize the people that stalk them after awhile.

      You can bet that if a celeb’s kid was photographed on the floor while the parent was otherwise occupied, the paps would be all too happy to sell the story of a neglectful parent not concerned with their child. Probably end up on those “Worst Hollywood Moms” covers. So, to me, a little turnabout is fair play.

      Even if the kid was having a tantrum, you don’t let them do it on a dirty airport floor while you fiddle with a camera. Not buying the sympathy for this guy.

    • Inconceivable! says:

      I agree Lisa. Perhaps NR’s kids never threw a tantrum after a cross country flight while waiting for luggage at the airport? Celebrity problems…
      I have no issues with NR taking pics of someone photographing her, but to (maybe) dramatize the behavior of a father who just kept a small child occupied on a cross country flight is a bit ridiculous to me. I haven’t read any articles about a man with a camera on a long flight ignoring his screaming child just to “stalk” NR. He must have done something right.

      • MCraw says:

        Why would an article be written about some nobody pap? Who cares how or why that kid is on the floor- do you know how FILTHY airports are?! Why is he allowing her to lay on the floor?? Fact is, he’s taking a pic of NR, of all ppl, while his kid is on her back. Terrible dad.

  10. Kim1 says:

    I don’t know if he is stalking her but he is a pap I’ve seen him before.Also NR is very popular in terms of pap shots especially when she has the kids with her.

  11. kim says:

    I don’t know who this girl was. Why is she famous?

  12. lovegossip says:

    Looks like he is sitting down. Doubt he was sitting and “dropped” her. Anyone with kids has had them throw a fit and sometimes you just have to ignore it. Not sure if that is the case here, but I’ve been there for sure. Lol

  13. Jules says:

    Whatever. She would be a nobody if it wasn’t for the paps and will be broken-hearted when they stop taking pics of her.

  14. TrustMeOnThis says:

    He should just be happy it wasn’t Bjork!

  15. diva says:

    Dumb. It looks like the kid is having a tantrum, probably because their dad dragged them to work, but doesn’t look like the kid was dropped. IF the kid was why didn’t Nicole call security or the police instead of snapping pics?

    • MCraw says:

      You can’t call the police if a crime isn’t committed. It’s one of those see-a-bad-parent-smdh moments. It’s his kid. He’s her caretaker, not NR. Maybe the kid was throwing a tantrum and he was trying to soothe her and left her in the dust for a snap. Either way, he “dropped” his kid for a foto. Tsk tsk.

  16. bettyrose says:

    She’s gorgeous in these pictures.

  17. Kelly says:

    Do people actually care about Nicole Richie? That’s what is shocking about this.

  18. Hipyoungmom says:

    I get a bad vibe from NR

  19. Lilo says:

    I never make it to the comments on the page today, because ” Reasons to love Patrick Stewart [Buzzfeed] ” ist the first featured link. Sorry, Patrick always comes first.

  20. vy nguyen says:

    How ignorant and little headed she is for doing this and thinking she’s all that. Nobody cares about NR the girl that was trash but cleaned up. To me she is still a mean and trashy girl inside; no better than Kk or PH. All I see is a man trying to make a living.