þriðjudagur, janúar 15, 2008

Björk attacks photographer In New Zealand (January 2008)

This is a message, read: a warning, for those people taking pictures with cameras or phones of Björk (and @ her concerts): She doesn't like this! 14. January 2008
by Kevin Kampwirth
The always-interesting, always-unpredictable Björk reportedly accosted and attacked a photographer at New Zealand's Auckland International Airport Sunday morning, according to the Associated Press. The Icelandic chanteuse, who had arrived in New Zealand to perform later this week at the Big Day Out concert, allegedly went after New Zealand Herald photographer Glenn Jeffrey after a man she'd been traveling with asked him not to take any photos.

"I took a couple of pictures... and as I turned and walked away she came up behind me, grabbed the back of my black skivvy and tore it," Jeffery said in their report. "As she did this, she fell over, she fell to the ground. At no stage did I touch her or speak with her." Neither Jeffery nor his employer plans to press charges and police aren't investigating the incident. In 1996, Björk infamously attacked a reporter shortly after landing in Thailand.

So people please, don't please take any pictures of Björk
Or have a doctor in your surroundings ;-)


More about the incident on Iceland Review online www.icelandreview.com
Photographer Accuses Björk of Assault
Photographer for the New Zealand Herald Glenn Jeffrey accused Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk of attacking him at the airport in Auckland in New Zealand yesterday. He said she had attacked him for no good reason and torn his T-shirt.
“I took a couple of pictures and I got about three or four frames of her [...] and as I turned and walked away she came up behind me, grabbed the back of my black skivvy [long T-shirt] and tore it down the back,” Jeffery told the New Zealand Herald.
Morgunbladid states that Jeffery is not going to sue, but Auckland police authorities are investigating the case.
According to one of Björk’s closes associates in Iceland, Einar Örn Benediktsson, no statement from her is expected, Fréttabladid reports.
Benediktsson said he had spoken to Björk about the incident and said Jeffery’s version of the story is a simplification. The photographer had apparently followed Björk and the manager of her tour around the airport and not respected their wishes about not being photographed. In the end Jeffery had cornered Björk.
“And when people have been cornered after a 27-hour flight between Iceland and New Zealand they have simply had enough,” Benediktsson said.
This is not the first time that Björk has lashed out at the media. Twelve years ago she attacked a TV reporter at the airport in Bankok after the reporter allegedly harassed Björk and her son. Björk later apologized for the incident.

By the way, about 4 years ago I did the long trip to Auckland, NZ, myself (flying from Amsterdam - Frankfurt - Singapore - Sydney - Auckland). I nearly got in trouble @ Immigration @ Auckland because my hair was so/too short (compared with my passport) & my start from Amsterdam (dogs running in the hall) ...

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