It's a curious relationship, the one between celebrities and the paparazzi. On the one hand, the public feeds on the constant stream of information and photos provided by the media and the photographers who work for it, thus making big stars even bigger. And of course, on their end, paps make their livelihood by following celebrities around, snapping their every move.
But what happens when this somewhat harmonious arrangement gets disrupted?
Below, find 24 examples of celebrities who have downright lost it on the paparazzi:
Just this week, Kim Kardashian posted a video of Jenner <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/30/kris-jenner-paparazzo_n_3676771.html?utm_hp_ref=celebrity" target="_blank">chasing a paparazzo who broke into their home</a>, possibly in an attempt to get a first shot of baby North.
Also this week, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/30/kristen-stewart-paparazzo_n_3677664.html?utm_hp_ref=celebrity" target="_blank">KStew was caught on video telling off a photographer.</a> "Why are you saying f**k off?" asked the pap, and KStew -- who hid behind a gate the entire time -- replied angrily: "Because you're a piece of s*it. You don't deserve to breathe the same air I do." "Who is a piece of s*it?" the pap continued. "You are, you f**k face," KStew retorted.
Earlier this month, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/19/kanye-west-attack-photographer_n_3625962.html?utm_hp_ref=kanye-west" target="_blank">West allegedly attacked a paparazzo at LAX</a> after saying "I told you 'Don't talk to me,' right? What you're trying to do is get me in trouble..." West might face felony charges for attempted robbery in this incident, involving his handling of the pap's camera equipment. Back in 2008, <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2008/09/11/kanye-west-busted/" target="_blank">West was arrested for felony vandalism</a> at the same airport after he allegedly smashed a paparazzo's camera.
Earlier this month, Odom lost it on the paps when they asked him one too many questions about cheating on his wife, Khloe Kardashian. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/11/lamar-odom-paparazzi_n_3578744.html" target="_blank">Odom opened the paparazzo's car door and tossed his gear into the middle of the street</a>. He then collected the items and put them into the trunk of his own car. He also smashed another paparazzo's car with a metal bar.
Last month, Cyrus was spotted leaving her doctor's office in Beverly Hills. When a paparazzo asked her if she's pregnant, Cyrus got defensive and lashed out, saying <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/20/miley-cyrus-curses-paparazzi-video_n_3473451.html" target="_blank">"No, I'm f*cking sick, you b*tch!"</a> In 2011, <a href="http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2011/03/photos-angry-miley-cyrus-confronts-paparazzi-two-days-a-row/" target="_blank">Miley lost it on a pap who waited for her outside her gym</a>. She was photographed hitting him.
Back in March, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/08/justin-bieber-lunges-paparazzi_n_2837639.html" target="_blank">Bieber was seen lunging at photographers</a> to the point where he had to be restrained by his own bodyguard. A video of the incident shows Bieber was being provoked and in response yelled "I'll f**king beat the f**k out of you." A year before, <a href="http://www.celebuzz.com/2012-05-27/justin-bieber-allegedly-involved-in-altercation-with-paparazzo-police-paramedics-called-in/" target="_blank">Bieber got into a physical altercation with a photographer</a> who tried to get too close to him and his girlfriend at the time, Selena Gomez.
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/08/rob-kardashian-charged_n_3237637.html" target="_blank">Rob Kardashian has reportedly been charged with battery and petty theft</a> after allegedly attacking a photographer and stealing her camera this past March. The pap claimed Kardashian stole her camera equipment outside a West Hollywood gym because she attempted to take shirtless photos of him. One year prior, Rob was involved in another incident with a paparazzo, this time in Miami. <a href="http://www.gossipcop.com/rob-kardashian-arrest-video-attack-paparazzi-chase-handcuffed-photographer/" target="_blank">Rob chased a pap who snapped photos of him with a female friend</a>. Cops got involved, but Rob was not arrested and was soon released.
In 2009, <a href="http://www.azcentral.com/ent/celeb/articles/2009/07/24/20090724jude-law.html?nclick_check=1" target="_blank">Law allegedly hit a female pap in the face</a> as she snapped his photo coming out of a London restaurant late at night. "I still can't believe Jude Law actually hit me. It was deliberate, you could see it in his face," she said afterwards. "He hit me full in the face. It was a real stinger. I was very sore." Law's rep issued a statement in return saying "Jude was blinded by the camera flashes when he left the restaurant, raised his hand to shield himself and inadvertently struck somebody standing very close. He apologized and left. Pictures of this sort can be misleading."
In 2008, <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-564522/Siennas-paparazzi-rage-Miss-Miller-attacks-photgrapher-handbag.html" target="_blank">Miller took a swing at a photographer</a> with her handbag at LAX and cursed him out. No one was hurt.
The singer <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TTBbHMEs0Uw" target="_blank">famously attacked a paparazzo's car with an umbrella</a> outside Kevin Federline's home in 2007. Four months later, Brit issued an apology on her website: "<a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20012207_20044704,00.html" target="_blank">I was preparing my character for a role in a movie</a> where the husband never plays his part so they switch places accidentally. I take all my roles very seriously and got a little carried away. Unfortunately I didn't get the part."
In 2006, <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2006/06/30/choking-photographers-the-new-hollywood-hug/" target="_blank">Harrelson supposedly choked a paparazzo</a> outside a Hollywood nightclub. When reported to the police, no action ensued.
In 1996, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pYyyqIZTvYY" target="_blank">Bjork attacked a reporter at an airport</a>, and the incident was caught on camera. In 2008, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/jan/14/musicnews.music" target="_blank">the singer attacked a paparazzo at a New Zealand airport</a> and ripped his shirt.
Penn is notoriously anti-paparazzi. In 1986, the actor found a photographer hiding in his hotel bedroom and allegedly <a href="http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/movies/movie-news/Sean+Penn-1917.html" target="_blank">dangled him from the room's balcony</a>. He was charged with attempted murder but all charges stemming from his arrest were later dropped. In 2009, Penn "<a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/147366/paparazzo-i-was-sean-penn-d" target="_blank">kicked and punched [a paparazzo] without provocation</a>. He also berated the photog with obscenities and shouted that he would 'put you in a box' before going back to his house."
In 2012, the socialite got caught in the <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2012/06/27/paris-hilton-paparazzi-fight-nightclub-sunset-strip/" target="_hplink">middle of a paparazzi fight inside an LA parking garage.</a> Hilton and pal Brandon Davis were leaving a nightclub when a man in their group tried to pry a photographer's camera out of his hands. Witnesses told reporters that the photographer then tried to hit the man with his camera. Hilton was knocked down into a wall, but wasn't hurt.
In 2004, while dating Justin Timberlake, Diaz was photographed <a href="http://moejackson.com/2004/11/18/2004-11-18-angry-cameron-diaz-justin-timberlake-v-paparazzi-photos/" target="_blank">grabbing a paparazzo's camera</a> and trying to run off with it.
In 2003 in Australia, <a href="http://www.chartattack.com/news/2003/07/22/chris-martin-arrested-after-paparazzi-scuffle/" target="_blank">Martin smashed a paparazzo's windshield</a> and slashed his tires. He was arrested but the charges were dropped. In 2008 in LA, Martin defended his wife Gwyneth Paltrow as she came out of her doctor's office. When the paps wouldn't cease the personal questions, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiydTEbGRz4" target="_blank">Martin tossed one pap to the ground, grabbed his camera but eventually returned it</a>.
In 2009, the actor was trying to leave celebrity hotspot the Waverly Inn when he got into an altercation with a pap, allegedly <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2009/06/10/hugh-grant-kicks-paparazzi-photog-new-york/" target="_hplink">kicking the cameraman in the groin.</a> In 2007, Grant was <a href="http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2007/04/hugh-grant-arrested-for-baked-bean-attack-on-paparazzi/" target="_hplink">arrested for an attack on a paparazzo in London</a>, where the actor threw a container of baked beans at the guy, who also alleged Grant kicked him and stated he hopes his children die of cancer. Those charges were eventually dropped.
Butler was charged with misdemeanor criminal battery over an incident involving a paparazzo in 2008. The photographer was allegedly trailing the actor's limo for hours, and verbally harassing him whenever he got in and out of the car. Butler was said to have then <a href="http://hollywooddame.com/2009/05/15/gerard-butler-facing-6-months-in-jail-for-paparazzi-beat-down/" target="_hplink">punched the pap several times, leaving him with a bloodied lip.</a> The charges against the actor were eventually dropped.
In 2012, the comedian was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/15/russell-brand-arrested-cell-phone-incident_n_1349384.html" target="_hplink">arrested after allegedly stealing a photographer's iPhone and tossing it through a window</a>. The incident took place in New Orleans, and Brand reportedly approached the photog in his car, grabbed the phone and threw it through a window of a nearby building. In 2010, Brand was <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1313158/Russell-Brand-arrested-airport-attacking-photographer.html" target="_hplink">arrested for battery</a> after he pushed a pap at LAX who allegedly tried to take an upskirt photo of then-fiancee Katy Perry.
In 2010, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhw8BK85SxY" target="_blank">LaBeouf tossed his coffee</a> at a camera guy in Washington D.C. He then quickly ran away.
In 2012, the actor <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/19/alec-baldwin-denies-punching-nydn-photographer-say-rep_n_1608846.html" target="_hplink">allegedly punched a New York Daily News photographer</a> as he was leaving the city Marriage License Bureau with his then-fiancee, Hilaria Thomas. The pap claimed photographers stepped back to give the actor space, but Baldwin lunged at them. "I knew he was going to attack me. I stepped back, and he kept coming," the photog told the paper. He later filed an assault complaint with the NYPD.
LiLo "accidentally" <a href="http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00018341.html" target="_blank">punched a paparazzo in New York in 2008</a>. The actress was making her way into a hotel when she mistakenly thought a member of the paparazzi had deliberately tripped her, so she took a swing at his nose. Lohan was on the phone at the time and was overheard saying "Oh my God, I just hit a paparazzi" right after.
Evan Rachel Wood
Wood did not engage in violence towards the paps <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/13/evan-rachel-wood-twitter_n_2679421.html" target="_blank">but rather went on a Twitter tirade</a> after one of them waited for her outside the hospital while she was pregnant. "Which sick f**k paparazzi hid in the parking lot of my hospital after my ultrasound. I cant stand this [sic]," wrote Wood in February. "I have never been more violated by a photographer. Thats the inside of my body and my child. Would u like my soul too? nothing is sacred."
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/15/daniel-craig-fan-phone_n_2883120.html" target="_blank">Mr 007 actually lost his cool on a fan recently</a>, not a professional paparazzo, who tried to snap his pic. The fan reportedly took out his phone to grab either a photo or a video of Craig and his wife Rachel Weisz when Craig yelled "Is watching me food shopping with my wife really all that interesting to you?" and grabbed the phone out of the fan's hand. Lucky for him and luckier for the fan, Weisz kept her cool and stepped in to calm her husband down.