The arrest of singer Louis Tomlinson at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) last week is just the latest chapter in a longstanding battle between the One Direction alum, the paparazzi and occasionally, law enforcement.
Several publications, including theInquisitr, reported that the 25-year-old “Just Hold On” vocalist was making his way to the baggage claim area inside of the transportation hub on Friday evening, March 3, when an alleged skirmish with an aggressive shutterbug led to him being seized and booked on minor battery charges.
Tomlinson’s girlfriend, Eleanor Calder, who was traveling with the star from Charlotte, North Carolina, was also rumored to have been involved in a separate melee with fans who told the Sun that they had simply been trying to catch a glimpse of the singer at the worst possible time.
A spokesperson for Tomlinson confirmed with the Daily Mail that his client had been released on his own recognizance sometime on Saturday.
“The paparazzi provoked and caused the altercation that occurred with Louis,” the rep further explained of Tomlinson’s arrest, as TMZadds,” [and] it’s not the first time that a paparazzi has created an altercation with a celebrity.”
Incidentally, Friday evening was not the only time that Tomlinson, who rose to prominence as one-fifth of the Brit-Irish music sensation One Direction, has reacted strongly to the actions of a lying-in-wait paparazzo or two.
In May of 2016, during a private Mexican getaway with then-girlfriend Danielle Campbell, several hidden cameramen were able to snap shots of a topless Campbell as Louis helped to remove her bikini top to properly sunbathe. Once the pictures began to circulate online, Tomlinson was notified by unnamed parties and took to Twitter to vent his understandable frustration.