There is surely no source better at chasing down info on Justin Bieber than TMZ. It's as if they have a reporter stationed at the L.A. law courts to do research related to the guy. Last week, they got the goods on a Bieber-chasing paparazzo.
The man's is Paul Raef and he's the paparazzi accused of having conducted a high-speed car chase down the Hollywood 101 freeway, seeking to snap photos of the Canadian pop star. That occurred July 6 and came to light after Bieber was pulled over by cops for driving his Fisker Karma sport car at 80 miles an hour in a 65 miles an hour speed zone.
Bieber reported he was trying to avoid the photographer and after he was sent on his way, he called police half-an-hour later and reported he was again being followed. This time police caught up with the paparazzo, Raef, who was charged in the incident under a law enacted in California in 2010 that allows charges to be brought against a photographer for dangerous driving while seeking to take a photograph for commercial gain.
Paparazzi problems for Bieber ongoing
As TMZ discovered, Raef has been up on similar shenanigans before. In 2010, he missed getting a photo of Heidi Klum and blamed another photographer and, allegedly, chased the man and cut him off, got out, and when the other photographer rolled down his window to talk, punched him in the mouth. It's important to note that though the other photographer obtained a restraining order against Raef, it expired without his laying charges. Raef was therefore never given the opportunity to tell his side of the story.
Paparazzi are forever an issue in Bieber's life, he had another incident with a photographer in a mall near his new Calabasas home last May. In that case the photographer blocked Bieber and girlfriend Selena Gomez from exiting the mall parking lot after they'd watched a movie there. Bieber got out and the photographer claims the singer physically confronted him.
Charges may be pending and when that all shakes down it's likely TMZ will be there.