Los Angeles, March 5 (IANS) Former One Direction star Louis Tomlinson was arrested earlier this week for being involved in a physical altercation with a paparazzo at Los Angeles International Airport.
According to TMZ, the singer was in the baggage claim area with his girlfriend Eleanor Calder, when he allegedly pulled a male photographer to the ground by his legs. The paparazzo reportedly fell down and struck his head and back on the floor.
TMZ reported that a female witness started filming Calder as she tried to leave, and then the two women are said to have got into a fight. It is unclear if Calder was arrested when her beau was placed under a citizen’s arrest.
Tomlinson was arrested on Friday for simple battery and was booked at a nearby Los Angeles Police Department jail. A Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that Tomlinson was later released on his own recognizance.
In a statement to usmagazine.com, Tomlinson’s lawyer Martin Singer said: “The paparazzi provoked and caused an altercation that occurred with Louis at the airport. This is not the first or last time that a paparazzi has created an altercation with a celebrity.”
“While the altercation was going on with the paparazzi, three other individuals were attacking his girlfriend during this incident and he came to her defence.”
Tomlinson, who has been dating Calder on and off since 2011, has yet to publicly address the incident.