Los Angeles’ top cop believes problems with overly aggressive paparazzi have taken care of themselves with Hollywood’s It Girls generally curbing their bizarre, headline-grabbing antics.
Now if only police chiefs could exhibit similar restraint…
LAPD Chief William Bratton has spoken out – and how – against a proposal by a city councilman seeking to put in place new measures to restrict paparazzi. Bratton says the (alleged) behavior modifications of Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton have made the proposal all but moot.
“If you notice, since Britney started wearing clothes and behaving; Paris is out of town not bothering anybody anymore, thank god; and evidently, Lindsay Lohan has gone gay, we don’t seem to have much of an issue,” Bratton told KNBC, L.A.’s local NBC affiliate.
He went on to offer similar sentiments to several other local outlets, calling the would-be crackdown on paparazzi a “farce,” and further claiming that interest in candid pics has already waned.
Miley Cyrus might beg to differ, but Bratton was on a roll.
“If the ones that attract the paparazzi behave in the first place, like we expect of anybody, that solves about 90 percent of the problem. The rest we can deal with.”
Later today, Councilman Dennis Zane is set to host a meeting at City Hall to discuss possible ways to limit the seeming free reign of paparazzi. Officials from celeb-heavy neighborhoods are expected to attend.
For his part, Bratton branded the meeting “grandstanding and foolishness” and would protest in absentia, claiming the city already had “sufficient laws on the books” to deal with the camera-wielding press.