Singer, Iggy Azalea, can’t seem to stay out of fights because she got into a verbal spat with a paparazzi that she then attempted to run over with a shopping cart.
It all happened in Los Angeles while Iggy Azalea was shopping at a supermarket when she spotted a paparazzi taking pictures of her inside the store.
Iggy Azalea and her friend were not too happy to be photographed buying eggs when her friend allegedly started beating on the paparazzi after he wouldn’t stop taking pictures.
This is where the video evidence comes in.
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The video starts with Iggy’s friend spitting at the paparazzi and the paparazzi screaming that it’s assault and that she could have given him ‘Ebola’ or ‘HIV’.
Then Iggy Azalea is seen storming out of the store with her shopping cart on-tow while screaming ‘I hope you have Ebola and die‘. She proceeds to go on a rampage about her being in a ‘private establishment’ and that she has the right to shop for eggs without being photographed – “I don’t want you to invade my life, you’re in a store while I’m trying to buy eggs,” she then tries to ram the paparazzi with her cart as he explains to her that losing her privacy is part of becoming a celebrity. “No, that’s not the way it works sweetheart, you’re pitiful“, she exclaims. Then threatens that next time she is going to have people with her to take care of the situation.
Iggy Azalea is technically wrong when she claimed that the supermarket is a ‘private’ establishment because as far as 1980 in California any private space that is giving access to the public in essence becomes a public space, and the laws that rule under a public space must be followed by the private establishment.
As stated in California law, “a privately owned shopping center that attracts large numbers of people to congregate in order to shop and take advantage of other amenities offered by the shopping center is the functional equivalent of the traditional town center, which historically is a public forum where persons can exercise the right to free speech. (Robins v. Pruneyard Shopping Center (1979) 23 Cal.3d 899, 910-911 & fn. 5 [153 Cal.Rptr. 854, 592 P.2d 341]”
Furthermore, spitting is considered ‘assault and battery’ under California Penal Code 242 PC, and is punishable with up to 6 mos. of jail time and $2000 fine in California.
Iggy Azalea released a statement via Instagram – “Something is only ‘the way it is’ for as long as one ALLOWS it to be,” she posted “What I’m comfortable consenting a paparazzi do doesn’t require anyone’s opinion but my own. I don’t see why that’s hard for some to fathom. Judge me for spazzing if you like but you only saw the 30sec aftermath which was classy in comparison to what he said to us inside the grocery store where we discovered him lying on the floor after we had repeatedly & politely asked him to leave multiple locations during the course of the day. I don’t hate paps, just the really aggressive ones… I only treated him the way he treated me all day. Fair is fair playboys and girls. peace out.”
We reached out to the paparazzi involved in the incident to get his side of the story but at the time of posting he had not answered our repeated requests.