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Diaz, Timberlake sued by paparazzi
Updated: 2004-11-14 10:38

Two photographers sued Cameron Diaz and her boyfriend Justin Timberlake for assault and battery, claiming the celebrity couple taunted and attacked them outside a fancy hotel.

Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz

Saul Lazo and Jose Gonzalez said the "Charlie's Angels" star and the pop singer threatened them as they tried to photograph the couple near the famed Chateau Marmont on November 6.

The lawsuit filed Friday said the photographers, on assignment for a photo agency, did nothing to harass the couple and stood more than 10 feet from them until Diaz ran at Lazo, hit him in the neck and tripped him, snatching his camera.

Timberlake then allegedly screamed at the bleeding photographer as he was on the ground: "What ... are you going to do, man? I know you are not going to do anything."

Lazo responded to Timberlake by saying he was simply trying to do his job, according to the suit.

A representative for the couple said he could not immediately comment on the suit, but said in a previous statement they were "ambushed by two men" on a dark street and acted only in self-defense.

Diaz kept Lazo's camera, later turning it in to police. According to the suit, she also tried to grab the other camera after pushing Gonzalez, who ran away along with Lazo as Timberlake called after them, "Come and fight, you chickens."

The photographers claim they suffered emotional distress and physical harm and request unspecified general, special and punitive damages, as well as attorney's fees.

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