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Scarlett Johansson references 'Princess Diana's tragic death' as she calls for legal action against paparazzi

2019-04-10 09:23
 

Cape Town – Scarlett Johansson is calling for action to be taken against paparazzi after a scary incident with photographers.

According to E! News, the actress got police involved after claiming she was followed by paparazzi "in a dangerous fashion" following an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night with some of her Avengers: Endgame co-stars.

The LAPD told NBC Los Angeles that Scarlett left the set of the late-night show with two people and was not driving herself when she noticed paparazzi following her and got frightened.

Police added that the 34-year-old got home safely, and no charges were filed.

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Despite choosing not the lay charges Scarlett spoke out after the incident, voicing her hopes for a change in the way paparazzi are allowed to photograph public figures – even using Princess Diana's tragic death as a reference.

"The paparazzi consistently go to increasingly dangerous lengths to stalk and harass the people they are photographing. Even after Princess Diana's tragic death, the laws were never changed to protect targets from the lawless paparazzi.

"Many paparazzi have criminal pasts and will perform criminal acts to get their shot," Scarlett said in a statement to E! News.

She further elaborated on why she feared for her life after leaving the show, saying that there were five cars full of men running red lights just to follow her.

She added that it also put "other drivers and pedestrians at risk so they could follow me to find out where I was staying and subsequently stalk me and my young daughter for the duration of my stay."

The Avengers actress further stated why she felt it was important to speak up, saying: "I felt it was my duty as a concerned citizen who was being pursued dangerously and stalked to go to the local precinct and seek guidance there. I would encourage others in a similar situation to go to the police.

"Women across the US are stalked, harassed and frightened and a universal law to address stalking must be at the forefront of law enforcement conversations. Until paparazzi are considered by the law for the criminal stalkers they are, it's just a waiting game before another person gets seriously injured or killed, like Princess Diana."

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