Celebrity photogs detained and manhandled by security guards
A pair of celebrity photographers were detained and apparently arrested Saturday in a questionable incident that was caught on video.
The photographers were trying to access a reality show wedding at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes in California when they were forced out by men in suits who apparently were security guards, but were acting as if they were police officers.
The men in suits ended up pushing, shoving, choking and tackling a couple of photographers for “blocking public access at a park,” according to the celebrity website, X17 Online.
In the video, however, the photographers are claiming that they not only were invited to the wedding between Bachelor star Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney, but that they had every right to congregate in the “public walkway.”
The men in suits held the men until police arrived.
One photographer said he was held at the police station until 2:30 a.m.
“I’m pissed. Those guys were way out of line. We were not posing a threat to anyone and ABC staged a wedding area that was in clear view from the public property just next to it. If they wanted protection from the media, they should have had the ceremony indoors. I’m not going to let those guys get away with what they did — they way they treated us was inhumane.”
The photographers plan on suing.