One Direction star Louis Tomlinson has been arrested for allegedly attacking a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport, an incident the singer’s lawyer described as “provoked” by paparazzi.
The incident happened Friday after Tomlinson, arriving on a flight with his girlfriend, Eleanor Calder, asked a photographer to stop filming.
After an alleged scuffle, the photographer made a citizen’s arrest on Tomlinson.
Police responded and took Tomlinson into custody. He was later released, and a court date was set for March 29.
It is alleged the photographer had been taking pictures of the pair when the star is accused of knocking him to the floor, leading to the man sustaining injuries to his back and head.
In a statement, his lawyer Martin Singer said: “The paparazzi provoked and caused the altercation that occurred with Louis. It’s not the first time that a paparazzi has created an altercation with a celebrity.
“While the altercation was going on with the paparazzi, three other individuals were attacking his girlfriend during this incident and he came to her defense.”
According to reports, the incident happened after Louis asked one photographer to stop filming, which he refused to do.
Louis lost his mother Johannah Deakin to leukemia in December just days before he performed live at The X Factor final.
Fans saw the star perform Just Hold On in tribute to her.
Calder is also thought to have got involved in an argument with onlookers who began filming the row.
One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) are an English-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson.
The group signed with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Records after forming and finishing third in the seventh series of the British televised singing competition The X Factor in 2010. Propelled to international success by social media, One Direction’s four albums,
Propelled to international success by social media, One Direction’s four albums, Up All Night (2011), Take Me Home (2012), Midnight Memories (2013) and Four (2014) topped charts in most major markets, and generated hit singles including “What Makes You Beautiful”, “Live While We’re Young”, and “Story of My Life”. Their fifth studio album,
Their fifth studio album, Made in the A.M., was released in November 2015.
Their awards include six Brit Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, eleven MTV Europe Music Awards, seven American Music Awards (including Artist of the Year in 2014 and 2015), and 27 Teen Choice Awards, among many others.
One Direction has had many hits including “Drag Me Down,” ”Story of My Life,” ”What Makes You Beautiful,” ”Perfect” and “Best Song Ever.”