Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman was knocked down to the ground after a bike-riding paparazzo slammed into her while she was headed to the Carlyle Hotel Thursday afternoon from a Calvin Klein show during New York City's Fashion Week.
Kidman told The Associated Press
she was "shaken" by the incident but is okay. She appeared at a red carpet event celebrating Francisco Costa's 10th anniversary as women's creative director of the Calvin Klein Collection.
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dentified the cyclist as freelance photographer Carl Wu, 19. Sources told the celebrity website that Wu’s brakes failed, which sent him careening into Kidman.
The New York Police Department said the bicyclist would be issued three summonses for riding a bike on the sidewalk, riding a bike without a helmet, and reckless endangerment.
TMZ.com reported that Wu declined comment as he left the New York City police station late Thursday afternoon.
Michael West, of ContactMusic.com
, describes Wu as a "vigilante paparazzi photographer who rides around Gotham City all day on his bike trying to get a killer shot of the biggest celebrities around."
Wu fought Lady Gaga’s bodyguards in 2010 while trying to snap pictures of her in the parking garage of Boston's Ritz-Carlton. Wu told police that he was punched by one of bodyguards and thrown to the ground. Lady Gaga representatives said Wu became confrontational and was escorted out of the area, according to ContactMusic.com.
Incidents like these provided more fodder for legislators pushing for anti-paparazzi laws. Last month, actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner testified in the California legislature for a bill that would protect the children of celebrities from alleged harassment by photographers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"We're moms here who are just trying to protect our children," Berry told legislators. "These are little innocent children who didn't ask to be celebrities. They didn't ask to be thrown into this game, and they don't have the wherewithal to process what's happening. We don't have a law in place to protect them from this."
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