November 9, 2006

Denise Richards scuffles with paparazzi in B.C.

Hollywood actress Denise Richards got in a scuffle with a paparazzi photographer Wednesday in Vancouver, where she is shooting her new film "Blonde and Blonder."

A laptop computer was hurled and a senior citizen was injured during the bizarre clash, according to reports.

Richards, whose on again, off again relationship with actor Charlie Sheen has been targeted by the tabloids, was filming a scene at the River Rock Casino Resort in the Vancouver suburb of Richmond.

According to eyewitnesses, Richards spotted two unauthorized photographers shooting pictures from a balcony, and stormed upstairs to confront them.

"At one point Denise was observed to grab the laptop of one of the photographers and throw it over the balcony. The laptop hit on the way down an elderly woman on the arm," eTalk gossip blogger Elaine (Lainey) Lui told CTV Vancouver.

The 80-year-old woman was only slightly injured, according to witnesses.

Cpl. Peter Thiessen, a media relations officer for the Richmond RCMP told People magazine that officers were called to the casino.

He confirmed Lainey's report, saying Richards threw the laptop off the balcony, after which it "struck an 80-year-old women in a wheelchair. It struck her in the arm. She was not interested in pursuing criminal charges and suffered only minor injuries."

The River Rock Casino Resort told CTV Vancouver the photographers did not have permission to be on the premises.

Richards was interviewed by police, along with her costar, B.C. native Pamela Anderson, about the incident.

The film production company agreed to pay for the damages to the photographers' computer, Thiessen said.

A representative of the Blonde and Blonder film told People there were no serious injuries and the event was getting blown out of proportion.

Filming was reportedly halted for an hour because cast members were upset about the incident.

"Blonde and Blonder" is described as "Legally Blonde" meets "Dumb and Dumber."

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