LOS ANGELES (AP) – Silver-screen sprite Julia Roberts is fed up with intrusive paparazzi, and she’s letting them know it. The slightly built star who played Tinkerbell in “Hook” was videotaped Wednesday in Malibu wildly tailing two videographers, flagging them down and lecturing them for taping her near a school.
The footage, taken by freelance videographers for the celebrity news and photo agency Splash and broadcast by “Inside Edition,” shows Roberts driving in a Mercedes SUV behind the men, honking and waving them to stop.
“I’m going to talk to you about the fact that you’re at a school where children go. Turn it off,” Roberts, 40, said in the footage, standing outside their car and pointing at the videographers after they pulled over.
While driving, the Oscar-winning star of “Erin Brockovich” crossed over a double yellow line, and did not have children in her car, Splash media sales representative Amy Wiwuga told The Associated Press on Friday.
Wiwuga would not reveal the videographers’ identities, citing the agency’s policy on freelancers.
Calls to Roberts’ New York-based publicist Marcy Engleman were not immediately returned Friday.
Roberts has 2-year-old twins and an almost 6-month-old son with her husband, cinematographer Danny Moder.
The TV show “Extra” reported that the incident occurred after Roberts was followed to her children’s school. Roberts told the program that taking her picture is one thing, but a school is “not the place to wait to do it.”
Roberts was the second A-list celebrity in two weeks to be videotaped admonishing the paparazzi on the road.
A video clip posted on TMZ.com showed actor George Clooney riding his motorcycle Nov. 16 in Los Angeles, then pulling off to the side of a street, telling photographers: “You can drive all you want, you can take my picture all you want, but what you cannot do is put people in danger.”
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