Yesterday morning, Hugh Grant got into a small fight with a photographer while he was taking a walk in Central Park and ended up hitting him over the head with a manila folder and literally kicking his ass.
The actor, who has a reputation for being cranky when faced with flashbulbs, was checking his phone when the photog approached and started clicking away, an eyewitness tells the paper. Hugh reportedly retaliated by pulling a patented Cameron Diaz move: He started to shoot back with his cameraphone.
“How do you like it, mate?” he’s quoted as asking the lensman, who seemed to like it fine. He kept right on documenting the encounter, which purportedly prompted Grant to call him a feline-inspired epithet and bonk him on the noggin with a manila folder.
“The photographer kept smirking at him,” the onlooker tells the paper. “He said, ‘I don’t know what you’re so mad about.’” Grant mentioned the whole “invading my privacy” thing, but the “photographer kept taunting him.”
Then, in a move seemingly inspired by one of his countless comedies, the star proceeded to kick the photographer in the butt — “not hard,” says the bystander — in an attempt to get him to back off.
This is all I ask of my celebrities. Instead of showing up on TV and complaining about the paparazzi, why not get off your lazy bums and actually do something about it. I bet if enough celebrities started stabbing photographers in the throat and karate kicking them in the nuts, the paparazzi would just naturally back off. Unless they enjoy getting stabbed in the neck and kicked in the crotch, in which case celebrities should go with the backup plan: trained bears.