Just a few years ago, it seemed like nothing could split up Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow, even the threat of being photographed together by the paparazzi. Of course, just a few short months into the 2014, the power couple “consciously uncoupled,” and now, Martin is being sued by a paparazzo for allegedly hitting him with his Jeep in early 2015 when the now exes were out to dinner.
According to documents obtained by E! News, the Richard Terry accuses Martin of turning his car towards him while he tried to photograph Martin and Paltrow while they were leaving a restaurant in Los Angeles.
Terry’s accusations are quite serious — he claims that Martin “has a significant history of repeated and ongoing violent acts” towards photographers, and that he suffered “permanent and serious injuries” as a result of Martin’s actions.
Continuing, Terry claims that Martin’s attack was “intentional, malicious and oppressive” and meant to “hurt, injure, embarrass and otherwise harm” him. While the accusations are serous, it’s rare that a celebrity gets pinned with the responsibility in a case like this one.
And Terry is infamous, even among fellow paparazzi, for getting himself in hairy situations. A 2010 article about him on Neon Tommy describes how Terry often finds himself in dangerous situations because he “puts his video camera unusually close to celebrities’ faces, a source of pride for him,” and, according to a fellow paparazzo quoted in the piece, Terry “moves his camera closer than is actually necessary to get a good shot.”
Neither Martin nor Paltrow have responded to Terry’s suit.