Paparazzi cameramen dressed in camouflage were found Thursday hiding on the 1,235-acre grounds of Miraval, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt‘s chateau in southern France.

A major brawl broke out, resulting in injuries and legal complaints.

But, according to the Associated Press, the paps and the head of security for Maison Jolie-Pitt tell contradictory tales.

Freelance photographer Luc Goursolas claims he broke a guard’s finger and bit another guard. But that’s because they were hitting him with a walkie-talkie, punching and kicking him in the head — a wound that needed three stitches.

"I was pouring blood. I threw myself at them, put blood all over them, and told them that I had HIV so they would stop hitting me," Goursolas told AP on Friday.

Tony Webb, head of Miraval security, said Goursolas went "berserk" without cause and that his guards did not punch the photographer.

Goursolas insists he wasn’t on the property but in the woods nearby. "The forest belongs to everyone. I wasn’t in their garden," he told AP. Oh, and he didn’t take any photos. Neither did the camo-clad video camerawoman with him. That’s what they said.

OK, then why the blend-into-the-forest camo gear?

]]>"We weren’t going to wear a red sweater," she told the AP reporter.

ShilohjoliepittangelinajolieThe suspected paps were about 600 yards from the house, on a wooded hill, where it’s believed the pix that hit the Web earlier this week were taken. According to AP, the security head described the equipment as "camouflaged" and said the photog was "there for a good stay."

Local police spokeswoman Capt. Olivia Poupot told AP that both sides filed legal complaints accusing the other of battery and causing injury. Goursolas said he also filed complaints for illegal detention and arrest.

Poupot sounded circumspect about the confrontation.  "One can imagine that if you discover someone in your garden who is taking your photo, then you’re not necessarily going to politely show them the way out."

"This kind of thing is really not the type of problem that interests us," she told AP. "There are, in my opinion, far more important things than paparazzi taking photos of a glamour couple."

Glamour couple? Jeez, snooty much?

Yeah, but Madame (May I call you Madame?), thing is, first it’s paparazzi, next it could be murderers or kidnappers.

Maybe it’s time to move. Malibu offers more privacy and protection, seems to me. Surely Brad and Angie can find someone to sublet the darn castle and come back home.

Photos: Brad, Angie and the brood in Chicago on Aug. 11, 2007. Angie with Shiloh in Chicago, Aug. 11, 2007. (WireImage)

Posted by:Elizabeth Snead