One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson Won’t Face Charges for LAX Paparazzi Altercation

Singer was charged with misdemeanor battery in March over airport incident

Louis Tomlinson won’t face criminal charges stemming from his altercation with paparazzi at Los Angeles International Airport last month, a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office told TheWrap on Tuesday.

While charges won’t be filed, an informal hearing will be held at the end of the month in lieu of any charges, the spokesman added.

One Direction singer Tomlinson was charged with misdemeanor battery after an alleged altercation with paparazzi on March 4, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department told TheWrap  at the time.

According to police, Tomlinson was at the baggage claim section of Terminal 4 with his girlfriend when the alleged run-in with the paparazzi occurred. The LAPD spokesman said there was some “pushing and shoving,” during which time one of the paparazzi fell.

The paparazzo then executed a private person’s arrest on Tomlinson.

The singer was taken into custody by police and released on his own recognizance.

According to Rolling Stone, Tomlinson’s girlfriend. Eleanor Calder, was involved in a separate altercation with a woman who was filming Tomlinson’s run-in with the paparazzi.

Tomlinson’s lawyer, Marty Singer, told Rolling Stone that the singer was “provoked.”

“The paparazzi provoked and caused the altercation that occurred with Louis at the airport this morning. This is not the first or last time that a paparazzi has created an altercation with a celebrity,” Singer said. “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.”