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updated 1/13/2008 6:25:18 PM ET 2008-01-13T23:25:18

Icelandic singer Bjork attacked a newspaper photographer shortly after she arrived at New Zealand’s Auckland International Airport on Sunday, local media reported.

Bjork, who is in the northern city of Auckland to perform at the Big Day Out concert on Friday, tore “New Zealand Herald” photographer Glenn Jeffrey’s shirt after he photographed her arriving at the airport early Sunday, he told news agency New Zealand Press Association according to a report on Monday.

Jeffrey, a news photographer for 25 years, said Bjork was accompanied by a man who asked him not take photos.

“I took a couple of pictures ... and as I turned and walked away she came up behind me, grabbed the back of my black skivvy (T-shirt) and tore it,” he told the agency.

“As she did this, she fell over, she fell to the ground,” he said. “At no stage did I touch her or speak with her.”

Bjork said nothing throughout the incident but her male companion was saying: “’B, don’t do this, B, don’t do this,”’ Jeffrey said.

Jeffrey said he spoke with Auckland police about the incident later Sunday.

Bjork or a representative were not immediately available to comment on the report.

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