Chris Martin was sued by the paparazzo he ran over with his Jeep in January


Chris Martin has always had a very contentious relationship with the media and paparazzi. I think in the beginning, when Coldplay first started getting some heat, he probably felt friendlier to the press, but then he got with Gwyneth Paltrow and having a famous girlfriend/wife brought out the worst in him. He never wanted to be seen with Gwyneth, or Jennifer Lawrence, but he is happy to pap stroll the hell out of his relatively new relationship with Annabelle Wallis, perhaps because she’s not as famous as Gwyneth or J-Law. Anyway, Annabelle Wallis aside, Martin has always done stupid things to avoid being photographed. Back in January, he even tried to run over a paparazzo in LA. And now that same pap is suing him.

Chris Martin has just been sued by a photog who claims the singer has got it out for the media. Richard Terry was perched at Giorgio Baldi restaurant in L.A. back in January when he saw Chris and Gwyneth get into a Jeep. He claims Martin intentionally turned his wheel sharply to the right, causing the jeep to jump the sidewalk and hit Terry.

As TMZ reported … another photog across the street took pics of the incident, and some felt it was a set up for the photog to bait Martin and then chronicle what followed.

Terry says in his lawsuit, Martin has “a significant history of repeated and ongoing violent acts against entertainment news people.”

Terry is particularly pissed off that Martin left the scene instead of tending to him.

[From TMZ]

Even if the paparazzi did “bait” Chris Martin, how would they know that he would cut his steering wheel, jump the curb and intentionally run one of them over? It’s not like the paparazzi were gathered outside of Chris’s home either – Giorgio Baldi is a big, popular, celebrity-hot-spot restaurant in LA. Of course the paps will be outside, waiting to snap photos of celebrities coming or going. Now, all that being said, I dislike when a paparazzo could press criminal charges but does not, then sues a celebrity in civil court. That’s just stupid.


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11 Responses to “Chris Martin was sued by the paparazzo he ran over with his Jeep in January”

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  1. mindydopple says:

    Exactly. Its a crime, he should get arrested not pay you.

    • Lizzie McGuire says:

      I know they deserve to have a private life & what not, but come on if you know the place you’re going to be is pap-friendly then please don’t complain. He hates paparazzi so he can go somewhere else.

  2. Mocca says:

    Hahaaa! Your biases are showing Kaiser. Nothing more than a setup and fake “crying wolf”. From the video at the time, it hardly looked like the pap even bumped in to the jeep. Nothing will come out of this.

  3. Senaber says:

    I too call BS on that pap. The whole thing looked ridiculous. Plus Chris was barely on the curb and it looked like he was trying to avoid the people on the other side of the car. The pap had plenty of room and intentionally bumped into the car. The pap had a co-conspirator videoing from the other side. I’m no Chris apologist, but this definitely screamed setup.

  4. sa says:

    It wouldn’t be up to the paparazzo whether criminal charges were pursued. So it’s probably unfair to automatically characterize this as not pressing criminal charges in order to sue civilly.

    • Senaber says:

      Criminal charges like this usually hinge on whether the victim will testify and pursue the case. The pap doesn’t want the scrutiny of a criminal case, he wants to take it to civil court where the burden of proof is much lower and the reward is monetary.

  5. Byte Me says:

    These paps get way too close to the cars they’re constantly chasing trying to get that perfect shot so what do they expect? I doubt Martin did anything deliberately.

  6. Holmes says:

    “Terry is particularly pissed off that Martin left the scene instead of tending to him.” Come again? I’m no fan of Chris Martin, but what, he expected him to stick around and nurse him back to health? This guy sounds like a bonehead looking for a payday.

  7. Snazzy says:

    Obviously the guy is just looking for money. If he was really hit by the car, he would have testified and helped with the criminal charges vs just a civil suit.

  8. Shiba says:

    I’m no apologist for Chris Martin, but when he & Gwyneth first became a couple, she was the one who wanted to keep their public images separate, to differentiate it from her media friendly relationship with Brad Pitt. It was such a painful breakup for her; having to see old pictures of them as a couple everywhere only made it more painful.
    Then even after they were married & had kids, CM couldn’t let it go.
    As if hiding from paparazzi was proof of HIS A+ list status, insecure man-child that he is.