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Are Tom Brady's poster-boy status and off-the-field exploits becoming a distraction? Yesterday, the signal-caller and his supermodel spouse, Gisele Bundchen, were slapped with a lawsuit by photographers who claim the couple's bodyguards fired shots at them after their (second) wedding in Costa Rica in April. In the suit, which was filed in federal court in New York and first reported by TMZ.com, the photogs and the Agence France-Presse news service contend they had permission to take pictures from a nearby property, but one of Brady's security guards approached them and demanded their camera and memory card. One of the shutterbugs "managed to run off and escape," but the other says he was "grabbed by the bodyguard, his arm twisted behind him and immobilized." The photogs claim five other men soon joined in and refused to let him go. AFP photographer Yuri Cortes and photographer Rolando Aviles of Costa Rican newspaper Al Dia claim they tried to speed away from the security, but "the Brady/Bundchen bodyguards opened fire with pistols," shattering the rear window of their SUV and "narrowly missed striking the heads" of the two photogs. The suit alleges Brady and Bundchen were negligent in hiring and training the security team, they're seeking more than $1 million in damages. As always, Brady's peeps didn't respond yesterday, but the QB looked unbothered while he and Gi enjoyed U2's second show at Gillette Monday night. Also standing by the soundboard were Brady BFF Will McDonough, Fidelity's Peter Lynch, Harrah's CEO Gary Loveman, chef Michael Schlow, club owners Ed and Joe Kane, and, for the second night in a row, actress Ashley Judd.
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Caption: A Costa Rican police officer inspects damage caused by gunfire to a car used by AFP photographer Yuri Cortez and local photographer Carlos Aviles while covering the wedding of Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen on April 4, 2009 in Santa Teresa, 120 km north of San Jose. AFP PHOTO/ Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Caption: Brady and Bundchen and Brady's boy John on the beach in Costa Rica before thewedding. INFphoto.com

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