Bruce Jenner is innocent in the four-car crash that some have blamed on texting, he said through his publicist. Jenner believes that in a high-speed chase reminiscent of the dangerous event that led to Princess Diana’s death, paparazzi should be held responsible for what ended in a death on the Pacific Coast Highway, reported the New York Daily News.
The fatal crash that involved former Olympian Jenner resulted in numerous photos for criminal evidence. But the meaning of those photos remains up to the investigators.
“There was a photo showing Mr. Jenner possibly holding a cellphone prior to the crash,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Phillip Brooks.
Not true, said Jenner’s publicist Alan Nierob.
“The evidence will show that Bruce was not texting at the time of the accident,” declared Nierob.
Moreover, the publicist emphasized that Jenner is available for providing all of his cell phone records to aid in clearing his name.
As for Jenner’s statement that the paparazzi were chasing him in a pack that led to the crash, Sgt. Brooks offered up his own confirmation of the chase. But he declined to blame the photographers.
“Bruce Jenner confirmed to police that he realized paparazzi were following him — as they always do. There’s no indication they were driving aggressively… That’s the thrill of living in LA. The paparazzi are always there.”
Paparazzi have been following Jenner closely since he began to appear more feminine both facially and in his style, which includes French manicures, longer hair, and attire. As the Inquisitr reported, the Kardashian family have declined to discuss what reportedly are Bruce’s plans to document his transgender journey with a Diane Sawyer interview.
Only Kim Kardashian has stepped forward to offer her own views on Jenner’s transition, emphasizing that she believes he is the happiest he has ever been.
“I think everyone goes through things in life,” said Kim. “I think Bruce should tell his story his way [and] share, whenever he thinks the time is right.”
Outside the tightly knit Kardashian family, however, Bruce Jenner’s mother has also spoken about her son, reported USA Today. She shared her pride in his revelation to her of his decision to transition openly.
“I said I was proud of him and that I’ll always love him. I never thought I could be more proud of Bruce when he reached his goal in 1976, but I’m more proud of him now. It takes a lot of courage to do what he’s doing.”
But will the car crash publicity change Jenner’s decision as he goes through the process of an investigation?
Investigators revealed that it is not just Jenner who is being targeted in analyzing what caused the car crash. Although they do want to see if distracted driving caused by texting resulted in the death of an elderly woman, they also plan to request the cell phone records of all the drivers involved, reported the Associated Press.
The timeline of the car crash shows a series of events, said Sgt. Brooks. Jenner was at the steering wheel of a black Cadillac Escalade. He then rear-ended a Lexus sedan, which hit a Toyota Prius.
In addition, the Lexus headed into oncoming traffic, where it was in a collision with a Hummer. Kim Howe, a 69-year-old resident of California, was the driver of that Lexus and died at the scene.
Celebrity photographers following Jenner took photos of the actual moment of impact, as well as the following scenes. They posted them on the internet immediately, reminiscent of the paparazzi constantly following Princess Diana, as discussed below.
“Being a celebrity, [Jenner] is often followed by paparazzi. He was aware of that,” admitted Sgt. Brooks.
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