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Prosecutors won't charge Brad Garrett in paparazzo incident

January 8, 2009 | 11:59 am

Brad Garret At the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, apparently everyone loves Brad.

Actor Brad Garrett, best known for his work on “Everyone Loves Raymond,” won’t be prosecuted in connection with an incident in November in which he allegedly struck a paparazzo in the parking lot of West Hollywood hot eatery Dan Tana’s.

“The complaining witness is a photographer (member of the paparazzi) whom initiated contact with the above-named suspect outside a West Hollywood restaurant. The complaining witness appears to have attempted to provoke a violent reaction to the suspect, a well-known actor, by using hostile and derogatory language,” wrote Deputy Dist. Atty. Steve Katz.

“The suspect ultimately pushed the complaining witness. However, the contact appears to have been de minimus, and in light of the surrounding circumstances, the interests of justice do not support the filing of criminal charges,” Katz concluded.

In a video of the Nov. 11 incident, Garrett, 48, is heard telling photographers to stop harassing him. When one of them doesn’t back off, he appears to push the man and chase him a few feet.

--Richard Winton

Photo credit: Associated Press