In 1997, the paparazzi famously became the subject of scorn after Princess Diana and her lover Dodi Al-Fayed died in a car accident while allegedly trying to escape photographers. The real story, as it later emerged, was that the crash was caused by the incompetent actions of the chaffeur, who had been intoxicated and careened out of control while in the Pont de l'Ama road tunnel in Paris.
But the impression still burns in our memories. The often sneered-at industry is big business, of course, which is the reason it still exists. Recent photos of Kristen Stewart cheating on Robert Pattinson published in Us Weekly were estimated to be worth $300,000, while photographs of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are reported to have pulled in $500,000 in 2005. The recent topless travails of another royal, Kate Middleton, wife of Princess Di's son William, have highlighted the desperation of the paparazzi to secure such money shots. And in the perpetual game of cat and mouse, more and more we are seeing examples of the paps interfering with their celebrities' lives in a way where they're not only documenting the story, but becoming part of it.
From Britney Spears to Lindsay Lohan, here are other examples of when the paparazzi inadvertently become part of the story they're trying to tell -- and sell.