Paparazzi Photog Quits Agency to Protest "Out of Control" Britney Spears Pursuits

February 1, 2008 11:49 AM ET

One paparazzo fears that the relentless hounding of Britney Spears may one day lead to tragedy, especially since throngs of photographers often dangerously chase the beleaguered pop star in hopes of getting a picture during her ongoing meltdown. Nick Stern, a former photographer for celebrity picture agency Splash, says that it's not uncommon for paparazzi to "have twenty or thirty cars pursuing her at any one time. It's become acceptable to drive at 80 mph down the wrong side of the street into oncoming traffic." This tabloid carnival drove Stern to quit his agency. Even yesterday, when the LAPD employed a Desert Storm-like siege of Spears' mansion to covertly transfer Brit to a mental health facility, the paparazzi formed a football-field-long line of vehicles in pursuit of the emergency transport. Conflicts between the paparazzi are intense as well, as fights often break out, pursuing vehicles crash into one another and tires are slashed in an effort to impede the competition. Stern fears Britney might share a similar fate as Princess Diana if the paparazzi continue to hound the singer with such ruthless tactics.

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