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“I would often find myself - I was 21 - at midnight running down a dark street on my own with 10 big men chasing me and the fact that they had cameras in their hands meant that that was legal,” she told the inquiry.
“But if you take away the cameras, what have you got? You’ve got a pack of men chasing a woman, and obviously that’s a very intimidating situation to be in.”
Mr. Lyons, the founder of Big Pictures, told the same inquiry he had “no reason” to believe his photographers broke rules in pursuit of pictures, batting away suggestions that paparazzi victimize their targets.
“The fact of the matter is that celebrities court publicity when they want to court publicity and then all of a sudden they want to switch it off very, very soon after,” he told the inquiry.
“If you are in the public eye, you are looked up to,” he added. “We live in a world of voyeurism.”
c Associated Press writers Cassandra Vinograd in London and Nekesa Mumbi Moody in New York contributed to this report.
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