Miley Cyrus slams paparazzi in death of Justin Bieber photographer
"Hope this paparazzi/JB accident brings on some changes in '13," the singer/actress tweeted Tuesday night. "Paparazzi are dangerous! Wasn't Princess Di enough of a wake up call?!"
She continued: "It is unfair for anyone to put this on to Justin's conscious as well! This was bound to happen! Your mom teaches u when your a child not to play in the street! The chaos that comes with the paparazzi acting like fools makes it impossible for anyone to make safe choices."
The incident took place on Sepulveda Boulevard near Getty Center Drive shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday, officials said. A friend of Bieber was driving the sports car when it was pulled over on the 405 Freeway by the California Highway Patrol for a traffic stop, according to LAPD Sgt. Rudy Lopez.
A CHP officer directed the driver of Bieber's car off the freeway and onto Sepulveda, officials said. The photographer arrived at the scene, got out of his car and crossed Sepulveda to take photos. He was hit by a car as he went back across the street to his own vehicle, authorities said.
Officials said that the photographer was not crossing in a crosswalk and that the driver of the car that hit him was fully cooperating with authorities. Police said the driver is not likely to face charges.
Bieber called the death a "tragic accident" and said he hoped it will spur new paparazzi laws.
"While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim," Bieber said in a statement released by his spokesperson. "Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders and the photographers themselves."
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Photo: Miley Cyrus attends the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles in September. Credit: Jordan Strauss / Invision