Avril Lavigne gets harassed by huge guy

Petite pop star Avril Lavigne was basically stalked by a hulking, weird fan earlier this week. Avril and a friend were out and about on Hollywood Boulevard when paparazzi from Hollywood TV caught sight of her and started following her. This prompted a big fan – and literally, I mean BIG – to notice Avril. At first, it seemed like the guy was with the Hollywood TV crew, but then it’s pretty clear that he just really, really likes Avril. She gives him an autograph, but that doesn’t appease him – he totally invades her personal space and keeps following her, until she and her friend seek refuge in a nearby hotel. The photographers from Hollywood TV, not surprisingly, are of no help- they’re way more interested in getting their shot. Here’s the video.

[From HollywoodTV]

I don’t particularly like Avril or her music- but this was just plain creepy. What did this guy expect from her – that they’d be best buddies or something? Maybe she needs to hire a bodyguard. This guy could have easily squashed her – and I’ll bet those paparazzi wouldn’t have lifted a finger to help her.

Here’s Avril with her husband, Derek Whibley, leaving L.A.’s Koi Restaurant this summer. She stops to sign autographs for a few non-threatening fans. Photo credit: WENN.

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  1. Frenchie says:

    “Maybe she needs to hire a bodyguard” … or learn to run in high heels, or better, wear flats.
    I didn’t knew anyboby would be a fan of her.
    The way she is holding her sharpi pen in pic 2 screams “I didn’t stay at school for a long time”

  2. Anna says:

    *lol* Frenchie, you are so right, I thought the same thing! She looks ridiculous running in that emo punk hoodie and the high heels. Still, it seems to have been a majorly creepy situation.

    MSat: I get that you are outraged that the Hollywood TV people aren’t helping Avril in a situation that clearly would have warranted a small intervention. But calling them scumbags is something that I would be very careful about. As much as I find paparazzi can be annoying, a site like Celebitchy (and, agreed, people like me who read celeb gossip) would not get half of the stories it has, including this one, if it weren’t for them. If you are going to condemn and insult them, then don’t rely on their work to build a site like this – which I daresay is quite impossible.

  3. Nicole says:

    I completely agree that Hollywood.tv was wrong for not doing something. Ya, they are doing their jobs and we do reap the ‘benefits’..but at the same time, they’d get so much more respect had they stepped in and helped the girl. Personally, I can’t stand Avril..what I can’t stand more is to see a small woman (regardless of personal feelings) unable to walk down the street without some huge guy harassing her while people stand there and film it. Truly disgusting behavior.

  4. SeVen says:

    she should have started singing, he’d have run away ASAP. Sarcasm aside, its truly gross that these men would rather film it then help a woman. How come paps dont chase and harass male celebs? John Mayer doesnt count, his ass likes it.

  5. Trillion says:

    You’re cracking me up, seVen. I was hoping she was over.

  6. Celebitchy says:

    I don’t agree with the way MSat worded this, either, and I’ll edit it to take out “scumbag.” These guys are decent for making their videos embeddable and I don’t agree but we all have different opinions.

  7. KatyAlia says:

    Maybe one or two of the Hollywood TV guys were among those that Avril spit on – repeatedly – not too long ago. Any other woman, yes, it’s agree, they were wrong. But Avril kind of made extra sure that paparazzi keep a bigger distance.

  8. Tanille says:

    Frenchie- The way she is holding her sharpi pen in pic 2 screams “I didn’t stay at school for a long time” : I don’t write exactly like her , slightly different, but not the way your taught to write in school. They attempted to fix it when I was in the first grade but it didn’t work so they stopped. Just because she doesn’t write like most people does not mean shes lacking education.
    I liked her when she first came out, but as time goes on I like her less and less. I do love that butterfly clip though.

  9. hello says:

    I don’t feel bad for her…she spits on the people who make her “famous.”

    That being said, perhaps the paps follow the journalistic rule of not interfering with the natural course of events? :mrgreen:

  10. Emily says:

    I’m not a huge fan of hers but I do feel bad for her with that huge hulking guy following her. Notice how he enters the hotel and follows her inside. At least the paparazzi stayed outside!

  11. vdantev says:

    Paps are the pilot fish of the world, forever orbiting a shark’s mouth feeding on the scraps. Parasites.

  12. shane says:

    Personally I think that was pretty scary. That guy was clearly very threatening and the paps just stood and watched.

  13. Aspen says:

    When I was growing up, the tabloids all had pictures of stars. They didn’t do THIS, though. Back then, we still got our celebrity gossip. A lot of the tab rags we have today were around in the 80s, and paps didn’t mob people the way they do now.

    There is a line. That man was a very threatening and creepy presence against a very small woman. I don’t care if she’s the most hideous bitch that ever lived, no man has a right to physically intimidate her.

    The men with the cameras have no problem getting in her face for a shot. They could’ve stepped between her and the guy…and still told the story.

  14. lunachick says:

    Wow, OK I would have been really scared. Granted there were other people around but getting harassed like that can still make you feel violated and intimidated.

    I think it’s really lame that nooone stepped in to help her.

  15. Christina X says:

    More validation to her self-importance, I see. :roll:

    I didn’t think anyone else cared about this twit except for boring, superficial teenaged boys.

  16. jenn says:

    maybe the video guys have a code like the people who record nature shows about not interfering with the natural order of things. A lion is going to eat the zebra and people are going to annoy Avril much like she offends our ears.

  17. jaclyn says:

    I love that hoodie! The poof at the top just adds to the cuteness. :)

  18. Aspen says:

    So at what point do we ask the journalists to draw the line? Should they sit and watch him put his hands on her? Let’s say he wanted to hug her and she didn’t want him to do that. Should the photogs put down the cameras and help or just record? What if he wanted to stand in front of her so she couldn’t walk? How about holding her against a wall? Would that be the line?

    If you said, “nope…still none of their business,” you do realize that all three of those are crimes? Two are assault and one is intimidation.

    What about grabbing her breasts or crotch? Should they interfere then? Should they sit and keep the film rolling while she’s slapped around, kicked, or violated? I mean…hell, that would make them lots of money. And, after all, she’s a little bitch right?

    Does she have it coming?

    I’m sorry, but I have limits.

  19. Tabby says:

    Aspen, I fully agree.
    This really creeped me out, and as much as she can be annoying, she doesn’t deserve to be harassed. I’m surprised her friend didn’t try help her out more though, or that she didn’t ask him to move back or something.

  20. kate says:

    oooooh – doesn’t this guy know that avril is a bad-ass punk rocker?

  21. RAN says:

    Wow… that’s frightening. No one – I don’t care whether they’re likable or hateful – no one deserves that. Someone should have intervened.

  22. Bodhi says:

    I truly loathe Avril. Like, with the power of a thousand suns.

    But she is an itty bitty little girl & that giant dude was WAY fucking scary!!

    I’ve been physically intimidated before & it makes you feel a zillion times much more helpless when the people around you, people who can CLEARLY see that you are distressed, just stand back & stare at you.

    She needs a way better friend, though. I get what her friend was going for, the whole “I’m on the phone, leave me alone” deal, but I’d never ever ever walk away from a friend who was being harassed like that.

  23. Sickitten says:

    Anna, you need to relax!

  24. Sickitten says:

    You know what? They are scumbags these particular paps. MSat is right. They remind me of paps taking pics of Princess Di’s dying. These scumbags would watch a woman get raped and film it. They’d film a person trapped inside a burning car and never think to help. Congratulations to MSat for calling it as it is.