Louis Tomlinson arrested at airport after altercation – video

Louis Tomlinson involved in airport altercation

One Direction bandmate Louis Tomlinson picked up a lot more than his baggage on Friday (March 3) at Los Angeles International Airport.

As E! Online reports, the 25-year-old Brit was involved in an altercation with a member of the paparazzi.

The drama began when Louis and his girlfriend Eleanor Calder were in the baggage claim area. They had traveled to L.A. from Las Vegas.

While waiting for their luggage, there was “some pushing and shoving” between Louis and a photographer. The photographer was injured when he fell to the ground and was subsequently hospitalized.

But while this was happening, Eleanor became “embroiled in a fight with a fan who was trying to take photographs of the couple with her phone,” as The Telegraph reports.

Louis spotted Eleanor “pinned against a wall by female fans” and immediately inserted himself in the situation to protect her. At that point, officers were involved and Louis was “placed under misdemeanor citizen’s arrest and later charged with simple battery.”

Louis’ lawyer Martin Singer shared details with the press: “The paparazzi provoked and caused the altercation… While the altercation was going on with the paparazzi, three other individuals were attacking his girlfriend during this incident and he came to her defense.”

But an LAX police officer’s account paints a slightly different picture. According to NBC Los Angeles, this officer said, “Witnesses stated that Tomlinson pulled the photographer to the floor by his legs, causing the victim to fall backwards and strike his back and head on the floor.”

Louis was taken into police custody shortly after midnight and released within an hour. A court date has been set for later this month.

Check out video of the incident below, as posted on The Telegraph‘s page.

What do you think of Louis’ airport altercation? ~Matthew Pariselli

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  1. Samantha • March 6, 2017 @ 10:56 AM

    I’m glad I watched the video. The police officer is incorrect. It looks like the photographer was hanging on to Louis, who pulled free, which caused the photographer (inadvertently) to fall backwards. Then Louis rushed towards his girlfriend, who was actually being attacked by three girls. Unbelievable. I hope those girls were written up, at the least. It’s illegal to attack other people, they should be given criminal records. I’m guessing they’re jealous because they think they should be with Louis? Insane morons. Great fans he has.

  2. janice • March 6, 2017 @ 2:14 PM

    It looks like the photographer and Louis got tangled up and they both fell. On the other hand three girls seem to be attacking his girlfriend, they are the ones that should be charged, seems like these girls have little respect for the rights of other people.

  3. Snepts • March 6, 2017 @ 4:46 PM

    These rock ‘n’ roll hoodlums never learn.

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