Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The paparazzo who chased Justin Bieber at high speeds through L.A. traffic earlier this month was slapped with criminal charges for the infraction, but we're learning it's not his first time at the stalkerazzi rodeo. Back in 2010, a restraining order was filed against Paul Raef, the Bieber pap, against another photog. The other photographer claimed Raef punched him in the face after the guy ruined Raef's shot of Heidi Klum. Raef chased the man through traffic, ultimately blocking his car, and when the guy rolled his window down to talk to Raef, he got punched in the face. TMZ reports that the other pap went to court and obtained a temporary restraining order against Raef, but he never followed up to make it more permanent. Raef will be back in court Aug. 9 and faces four criminal charges in the Bieber case: two counts of following another vehicle too closely and reckless driving, with the intent to capture pictures for commercial gain, one count of reckless driving and one count of failing to obey the lawful order of a peace officer. It's the first time a paparazzo faces charges under a new law that makes it a crime to create a dangerous situation while following a celebrity for profit. Sounds like it won't be the last in Raef's case.