Nick Stern spoke with the Independent about quitting Splash News to join another photo agency, Bauer Griffin, because he could no longer cover the downward spiral of Britney Spears. “The Britney story is no longer about Britney,” he explained. “It’s the media circus surrounding her… It’s not journalism. Sooner or later, someone’s going to get killed. Possibly Britney herself.”
It was the aggressiveness of the large pack of paparazzo who have followed the troubled pop tart, who Stern claims include several members of street gangs who have no professional photographic training. “I’ve heard stories of fights, of car tires being slashed, or cars being blocked in and vehicles jumping lights, all in the name of getting a picture,” he said. “It’s now acceptable for paparazzi to drive the wrong way down a street in pursuit of Britney.”
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