Popular boy band One Direction may be on hiatus, but that isn’t stopping the paparazzi from chasing the members wherever they go.
Louis Tomlinson learned this the hard way over the weekend after an unfortunate incident with the paparazzi lead to him being taken into custody while at LAX.
According to Billboard, after landing at the Los Angeles International Airport with girlfriend Eleanor Calder, the pair were surrounded by paparazzi. While it’s unclear what exactly happened, Tomlinson allegedly attacked one paparazzo by pulling on the man’s legs until he fell and slammed his head on the ground.
Following this incident, Tomlinson was placed under citizen’s arrest by airport security until he was picked up by the police and charged with simple battery.
A statement from his lawyer explained his side of the story:
“The paparazzi provoked and caused the altercation that occurred with Louis at the airport this morning. 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 defense”
While he is currently out of jail, he has a trial date that’s been set for March 29.
If you want to see paparazzi shots of the alleged attack, click here.