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Prosecutors decline to charge paparazzi arrested during 'Bachelor' taping

March 3, 2010 |  1:09 pm

Prosecutors will not file charges against two paparazzi arrested by security guards during a weekend taping of "The Bachelor" TV show at a Palos Verdes luxury hotel, authorities said Wednesday.

Maximiliano Lopez, 28, of Torrance and Eric Brogmus, 22, of Burbank were booked by L.A. County sheriff's deputies Saturday on suspicion of misdemeanor battery and unlawful blocking of a sidewalk after a citizen's arrest.

But the L.A. County district attorney's office, which handles prosecutions of misdemeanor crimes committed in county jurisdiction, said there was insufficient evidence to charge the men.

The incident unfolded Saturday when the photographers and other paparazzi attempted to snap 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.

Sheriff's deputies detained the two men after security guards insisted the photographers be booked on a citizen's arrest.

-- Andrew Blankstein