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Jesse James and a paparazzo tangle -- and of course there's video

April 1, 2010 |  9:39 am

 

James wcc It isn't easy being Jesse James these days -- witness this exclusive KTLA video from paparazzo Ulises Rios showing a March 25 run-in involving Rios, Sandra Bullock's husband and another man on a street across from James' custom motorcycle shop.

Rios says he was stopped at a red light across from West Coast Choppers when James, in the helmet, rode his motorcycle over and parked in front of his car. In the video, the two appear to shout at the photographer in his car, and James' companion pulls out what Rios said is a knife and appears to hit the vehicle with it. Rios reported three slashed tires and other damage.

On the morning of March 25, a photographer called Long Beach police to report vandalism to his property. When they arrived, mutual citizen's arrests were made. James told police he was being stalked by a paparazzo, according to the New York Daily News. Authorities also ...

... stopped by WCC that Friday, TMZ reported. (That report called it a "swarm," but maybe it just looks like guys checking out a bike shop?)

West Coast Choppers is just north of downtown Long Beach. Long Beach police, who told KTLA that they were investigating the incident and had requested the video from Rios' attorney, declined to comment on the tape when contacted by The Times' L.A. Now

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Jesse James at West Coast Choppers on July 8, 2009. Credit: Spencer L. Weiner / Los Angeles Times.

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