Fifteen years after Diana, the Princess of Wales, died in a Paris car crash, the paparazzi (blamed in part for the fatal accident) are still at it -- perhaps even more aggressively.
LeAnn Rimes accelerated into another vehicle while trying to escape photographers in 2009; January Jones crashed into two parked cars in June 2011 after being tailed by two paparazzi; Tori Spelling crashed into a wall of her children's school while attempting to avoid photographers that same month; and just three months ago Lindsay Lohan collided with a truck in order to lose tailing cameramen.
Despite numerous paparazzi-induced "close calls," the landscape of this cat-and-mouse game has seen little change, despite a 2010 California motion, which instated a penalty for those who disobey traffic laws or drive in a reckless manner while in pursuit of commercial photos. Given the above examples, which all took place in California, the motion is of little use -- and is even being hotly contested in court as unconstitutional.
With no premium on privacy in Los Angeles, paparazzi are running rampant and even forcing some famous faces to consider a transatlantic move to escape the danger zone.
Halle Berry, who is currently embroiled in a bitter custody battle with her ex-boyfriend and daughter's father, Gabriel Aubry, is attempting to gain legal permission to move the 4-year-old to Paris, which may be the City of Lights, but is certainly not the city of flashes. In France, paparazzi are prohibited from photographing celebrity children or taking unwanted photos. Without the print potential, hounding celebrity families loses its appeal.
Salama Hayek similarly seeks refuge in Paris to shield her daughter from the United States' paparazzi culture. The Mexican beauty lives abroad with her French billionaire husband, Francois-Henri Pinault, and is also serving as an expert witness in Berry's custody trial, testifying that a celebrity with a young child -- Salma's daughter Valentina is 4 years old -- has a much higher quality of life in Paris.
If Tinseltown keeps it up, paparazzi may find more and more of their meal tickets packing up and shipping out.
Alex Rodriguez is seen paying at the parking meter before entering a gym on in Miami Beach, Florida. When Rodriguez noticed awaiting photographers, he quickly hid behind the meter. (INF)
Lindsay Lohan tries to keep a low profile as her new assistant drives her home from Chateau Marmont. (Pacific Coast News)
Shia LaBeouf tries to hide his identity by wearing a paper bag mask and plastic bag over his wrist cast as he takes a stroll with a friend in Glendale. Shia forgets to hide his right wrist tattoo. (WENN)
Dustin Hoffman was spotted out walking in Brentwood, Calif., and playfully pretending to hide from photographers behind a mailbox. (Splash)
Justin Bieber attends the Xbox 360 event at the Fantasy Factory in LA. The suddenly shy tween pop idol tried to hide behind a copy of game Halo Reach as he left the event. (Pacific Coast News)
Mary-Kate Olsen finds a novel use for two coffee shop drinks! The former child star hid behind an iced coffee and a hot drink as she headed out in the East Village of New York City. (Pacific Coast News)
LeAnn Rimes tries to hide as she arrives at Los Angeles International Airport with husband Eddie Cibrian. (Bauer Griffin)
Isla Fisher hides behind her baby Elula's stroller as the mother-daughter duo enjoy a stroll in NYC. (Pacific Coast News)
Gwen Stefani hides as she leaves a nail salon with an assistant and her son Kingston. Just like his mom, Kingston also hides but not before reliably informing the photographer "No pictures today Mister!" (Bauer Griffin)
Brian Austin Green hides behind his coffee cup upon leaving the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. (Bauer Griffin)
Lily Allen hides behind her passport after arriving at the Kings Cross St. Pancras train station from Paris. (Bauer Griffin)
Jessica Alba and her man, Cash Warren, sneak a kiss behind a magazine in Santa Monica. (Fame Pictures)
Katy Perry is sighted at the Miami International Airport on July 31, 2009 in Miami, Fla. (WireImage)
Tough guy Colin Farrell sneaks out of a yoga studio in Los Angeles, where the yoga mat-toting Farrell jumped into his car right after his workout. (Fame Pictures)
Kim Kardashian uses her Balenciaga motorcycle bag to shield herself from the paparazzi snapping a photo of her makeup-free face after leaving the Boom Boom & Beyond Salon. (Bauergriffinonline)
Lindsay Lohan goes to great lengths to cover herself from cameras at Los Angeles International Airport. (Bauergriffinonline)
Nicole Richie's jean jacket helps her hide as she leaves the gym. (Bauergriffinonline)
Rumer Willis plays peek-a-boo, hiding under the oversized collar of her coat as she leaves the Westside Theater. (Bauergriffinonline)
Lindsay Lohan draws more attention to herself by trying to hide behind an untitled script.