Scarlett Johansson had a scary run-in with the paparazzi Monday (April 8) night.
After appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, alongside her Avengers: Endgame co-stars, to promote the highly-anticipated MCU film, the 34-year-old actress’ security team was overpowered and she was pursued by the paparazzi.
An LAPD spokesperson has issued a statement about the scare that prompted ScarJo to head to a police station that evening.
“Last night, Scarlett Johansson was at Jimmy Kimmel. At some point in time, the paparazzi overpowered her security and for her security reasons and for her security team, they were taken to the Hollywood police station. At that point, she was later able to leave the station. There was no crime report taken. She was just a little spooked.”
Following the incident, the Avengers star is speaking out against the dangers and harassment paps put their targets through. In a statement, Scarlett addresses the paparazzi scare and opens up about her hopes for change.
“The paparazzi consistently go to increasingly dangerous lengths to stalk and harass the people they are photographing. Even after Princess Diana’s tragic death, the laws were never changed to protect targets from the lawless paparazzi. Many paparazzi have criminal pasts and will perform criminal acts to get their shot.”
“Yesterday, after leaving the Jimmy Kimmel Show, I was followed by 5 cars full of men with blacked out windows who were running red lights and putting other drivers and pedestrians at risk so they could follow me to find out where I was staying and subsequently stalk me and my young daughter for the duration of my stay.”
“The paparazzi put people’s live at risk, so they can wait for days in quiet neighborhoods in blacked out cars, and try to follow me to the playground and photograph my child and other people’s children in a safe place that should be off limits, but isn’t. All of this is perfectly legal. After yesterday’s incident, I felt it was my duty as a concerned citizen who was being pursued dangerously and stalked to go to the local precinct and seek guidance there. I would encourage others in a similar situation to go to the police.”
“Women across the US are stalked, harassed and frightened and a universal law to address stalking must be at the forefront of law enforcement conversations. Until paparazzi are considered by the law for the criminal stalkers they are, it’s just a waiting game before another person gets seriously injured or killed, like Princess Diana.”
As mentioned in her statement, Scarlett wants to see change before someone gets seriously hurt, or worse. She referred to Princess Diana’s tragic death in 1997, which was a result of being pursued by the paparazzi. Their vehicle got into a fatal car crash while driving through a tunnel as they sped away from their pursuers. The Princess of Wales died from her injuries. Her companion Dodi Fayed and their driver Henri Paul also lost their lives in the incident.