Paparazzi arrested while taking pictures during 'Bachelor' taping [Updated]
Security guards at a luxury hotel in Rancho Palos Verdes made a citizen's arrest of two paparazzi who were trying to snap pictures during a weekend taping of ABC's "The Bachelor," authorities said Monday.
The photographers were booked by L.A. County sheriff's deputies on suspicion of misdemeanor battery and unlawful blocking of a sidewalk, said department spokesman Steve Whitmore.
The men were identified as Maximiliano Lopez, 28, of Torrance, and Eric Brogmus, 22, of Burbank. They were cited and released Saturday but must appear in court March 28, Whitmore said. [Updated 11:17 a.m.: Sheriff's officials earlier said Brogmus was from New York City.]
The incident took place about 2:45 p.m. Saturday at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. The photographers were part of a large contingent of paparazzi attempting to get pictures and video of "Bachelor" participants as they were arriving for the wedding of "Bachelor" couple Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney.
Video posted to the X17online website shows a security guard choking one of the photographers and taking him to the ground on a path leading to the ocean as other paparazzi shout at the men to stop.
Whitmore said security guards insisted the photographers be booked on a citizen's arrest. He added that deputies interviewed witnesses who confirmed the security guard's version of events but said the investigation into the fracas would continue.
"We will certainly be looking into this," Whitmore said.
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Jason Mesnick surrounded by "The Bachelor" contestants. Credit: ABC[For the record: An earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to Terranea Resort as Tillanea.]