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Paparazzo in Boston says Gaga’s bodyguard hit him

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Boston Police were called to the Ritz-Carlton last night after a photographer allegedly got into a scuffle in the parking garage with one of Lady Gaga’s bodyguards.

New York photographer Carl Wu told police that he was punched by one of Gaga’s guards and thrown to the ground when he tried to get a photo of the “Alejandro” singer, who's in Boston for shows tonight and tomorrow at the TD Garden. Ritz security guards who witnessed the alleged skirmish told police that Gaga’s guard did push Wu to the ground, but only after the photographer was asked to leave, became confrontational with the bodyguards, and was escorted out of the parking area. According to the police report, the photographer ran down the garage ramp again, still trying to get photos.

Police would not release the names of the parties involved. Wu contacted the Globe shortly after the incident.

In an interview with the Globe, Wu said he suffered a cut lip and injuries to his hand during the alleged incident. Boston Police at the scene at 11 p.m. Wednesday noted in their report that they did not see any injuries and that Wu declined medical attention. No charges have been filed.

Boston Police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said that “in a scenario where it’s essentially a he said-he said, the two parties are advised to seek complaints in court if they feel that is necessary.” Driscoll said that even though there are more high-profile celebrities in Boston than ever, paparazzi-related incidents haven't been an issue.

“Typically, even though there has been an increase with movie companies coming to town, we have always experienced our local photographers to be very respectful,” Driscoll said.
Wu said he was at the Ritz on a tip from someone who knew the pop star would be staying there.

“Usually it doesn't happen like this,” Wu said, of his paparazzo experience. “Usually they'll say go away. You want to be polite. You want to give them space.”

Representatives for Lady Gaga declined to comment on the incident.

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[Lady Gaga performed at the House of Blues in May 2009 -- Yoon S. Byun / Globe Staff]

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