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Photographer on bike rams Anne Hathaway's car

No injuries are reported in West Hollywood incident in which a man believed to be a paparazzo struck an auto carrying the actress and her boyfriend Adam Shulman.

December 18, 2009|By Andrew Blankstein

Some people will do anything for a photograph.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, a man believed to be a paparazzo pedaled his bicycle into the side of a car owned by actress Anne Hathaway in an apparent effort to take a photo of the performer.

The Oscar-nominated actress was in an Audi driven by boyfriend Adam Shulman when the collision occurred shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday near Westbourne Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

The accident occurred as Hathaway's car was making a turn. Neither Hathaway, who starred in "The Princess Diaries," nor Shulman was injured.

The reputed paparazzo, who was not identified, refused medical treatment and left. His road bike was a Viola 24-speed, authorities said.

Witnesses told sheriff's investigators that the cyclist was moving "way too fast and could have avoided an accident," Whitmore said. No arrest was made, however.

Asked how he knew that the man was, in fact, a paparazzo, Whitmore said he had a large telephoto lens on "a high-end still camera."

"If he's not a paparazzo, he's an avid bird watcher," Whitmore said.

andrew.blankstein

@latimes.com

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