Paul Raef, the paparazzo who chased Justin Bieber on a Los Angeles freeway, was served with a restraining order in 2010 after starting a fight with another photographer over Heidi Klum, TMZ is reporting. Raef was involved in a violent confrontation with the photographer while trying to get a shot of Klum. He was served with the restraining order after recklessly driving and then punching the other photographer in the face.
In court documents, Raef blamed the other paparazzo for ruining their chance to photograph Klum. As a result, he chased him through traffic and blocked his car. When Raef approached the car, the other photographer claimed he rolled down his window to talk. That’s when Raef punched him and cut his mouth.
The other photographer obtained a temporary restraining order against Raef after the fight. The case was then dismissed after the other photographer failed to follow up.
Raef is due back in court on August 9, in relation to the Bieber case, and is facing four criminal charges. While he hasn’t publicly commented on the case, the restraining order may be used against him by the prosecutors. They may argue he has a pattern of engaging in reckless behavior on the road.
Written by: Karen Benardello