Pop star Britney Spears and her security staff denied knowledge Monday of the pellet-gun shooting of a photographer who was staking out a private baby shower for the singer in Malibu. But the paparazzi shooter who ended up shot may be suing the pop star, according to one report.
Lensman Brad Diaz said he was struck in the thigh by a pellet Saturday outside the mansion where the pregnant star was visiting and enjoying a party thrown for her. Diaz claimed one of Spears' security staff pulled the trigger, according to Ninemsn, which quoted The Sun newspaper.
"I can’t believe it. I was on a public street," Diaz reportedly said. He also said he plans to sue for "millions."
Police are investigating his complaint of misdemeanor battery.
“Britney didn’t know anything about it. She had nothing to do with it,” said Spears’ publicist, Nicole King. Asked whether the singer’s security was involved, King said “Oh no!”
But Kelly Davis of the X17 photo agency, which represents Diaz, told the New York Post's Page Six, "I was told by people at the scene that police officers talking to Britney's bodyguards were sort of standing around laughing at it."
"This was an uncalled for act of aggression. Brad has a bullet lodged deep into his skin," Davis noted.
Police said Diaz was treated with an adhesive bandage at the scene and described his injury as insignificant. But they said they would reconstruct the incident and talk to everyone involved.
“We will conduct a thorough investigation just as we would with any other complaint,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore.
Video taken by other media outside the Malibu house showed Diaz with a bloody thigh and guests entering the well-screened villa carrying gifts and packages.
Spears, 23, is expecting her first baby in October.