Oscar winning actress Jodie Foster has been named as a suspect in a misdemeanor battery case for allegedly taking a couple of swipes at a 17 year old photographer as she and her two young sons left a movie theater on May 29.
According to CNN, Foster and her two boys, ages 11 and 8, were leaving a movie theater when the 17 year old "papparazzi" accosted them and began taking photos of the trio. According to the police report, Foster poked the boy in the chest, and grabbed him on the arm after verbal pleas to stop went unheeded.
Jennifer Allen, who represents Foster, issued a statement Friday:
"The young man was most definitely a professional paparazzi. He had a large camera bag and a 1000 mm telephoto lens. He tailed Jodie and her young sons from the movie theater to valet parking. He crowded her and her children and took photos of them the whole time. She touched him on the elbow in an attempt to take him aside to talk to him and tell him to stop. He scared the kids."
Jodie Foster has long been known for keeping her personal life out of the spotlight. It is still unknown who the boy's father is/are, and many speculate as to Foster's sexual orientation. That, my friends, is keeping your personal life PERSONAL. I have admired her for that ability for years. Until now, Foster has done a pretty good job of maintaining her privacy. One rarely reeads about her unless she has a film coming out.
Frankly, even if she did grab the kid, I don't blame her a bit.
Here is a woman who is crazy-rich and has two young sons she wants to protect from the media, and all the insanity which surrounds the rich and famous. She takes them to a movie at the mall, and some upshot kid starts snapping photos, and won't stop when asked politely. Being a Mother who knows all too well how it feels to be a child being incessantly photographed, I'm sure she was terrified for her sons.
Foster's long and illustrious career started at age 3, in a now classic "Coppertone" commercial. She had done more than 50 movies by the time she started college, so she knows how papparazzi can scare a kid, she was there. I found footage of that 1965 classic Coppertone commercial on Foster's Facebook page. Click the link to watch. It's pretty cute.
But...the question is, Would you have done the same thing, grab a photographer, to protect the privacy of your children? Granted, we "normal folk" don't have to worry about kidnappings and other pitfalls of fame, but we all have that "Mother Bear" instinct when it comes to protecting our young.
I would have grabbed him too.