Justin Bieber Photographer Defended by Janice Dickinson (EXCLUSIVE)
The photographer who was killed while trying to take a picture of Justin Bieber’s white Ferarri has the support of at least one celebrity, amid calls for action to safeguard the lives of celebrities.
“Photographers have always been around and they have rights too," the model-turned-reality star said.
The freelance paparazzo — identified by TMZ as Chris Guerra — was struck and killed by oncoming traffic as he walked across a Los Angeles street to get back to his car after snapping photos on Jan. 1.
Guerra thought he spied Bieber sitting in his parked Ferrari, however the "Baby" singer was not in the car at the time.
“I feel sorry for the photographer’s family because somebody died,” added Dickinson.
"What's the difference between our guy who got killed under those circumstances and the war photographer who steps on a landmine in Afghanistan and blows himself to pieces because he wanted the photograph on the other side of road?" Frank Griffin, who co-owns the photo agency Griffin-Bauer, told the Los Angeles Times.
"The only difference is the subject matter. One is a celebrity and the other is a battle. Both young men have left behind mothers and fathers grieving and there's no greater sadness in this world than parents who have to bury their children."
He added, "While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim."
His comments where echoed by singer Miley Cyrus, 20, who referenced the death of Britain's Princess Diana in a 1997 car crash while being chased by paparazzi in Paris.
"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."