A SYDNEY paparazzo lost a defamation case on Wednesday against an Australian newspaper that said he wanted to â€œwreak havocâ€ on actress Nicole Kidmanâ€™s private life with the court agreeing he was a â€œcowboyâ€.
The New South Wales state Supreme Court ruled the article saying photographer Jamie Fawcett was a â€œcowboyâ€ who once dubbed himself the â€œPrince of Paparazziâ€ and who was determined â€œto wreak havoc on Kidmanâ€™s private lifeâ€, was not defamatory.During the hearing, Kidman told the court that Fawcett chased her car across Sydney in 2005 at speeds which made her crouch on the back seat, tearful and frightened of crashing.
Fawcett denied the car chase claims, but Supreme Court Judge Carolyn Simpson said Kidmanâ€™s description was accurate.
â€œHe is a man who makes his living from taking and selling candid photographs of famous people.
â€œThe evidence amply demonstrates that Mr Fawcettâ€™s conduct was â€˜intrusiveâ€™ and â€˜threateningâ€™.â€Â â€” Reuters.