Louis Tomlinson Arrested For Alleged Assault of Paparazzo
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Louis Tomlinson Arrested For Alleged Assault of Paparazzo

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One Direction star Louis Tomlinson was arrested on Friday night after an altercation with a paparazzo at LAX, but that's just the beginning of the story.

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The initial report stated that the 25-year-old got physical with a photographer who got too close for comfort, allegedly yanking the man's legs and causing him to smash his head on the floor. 

This incident resulted in Louis being handcuffed and booked for simple battery. But according to the singer's reps, he didn't start the melee.

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They say the pop star's girlfriend, Eleanor Calder, was physically attacked by a group of paparazzi, and then Louis rushed to her defense.

"The paparazzi provoked and caused the altercation that occurred with Louis," the star's reps told TMZ. "It's not the first time that a paparazzi has created an altercation with a celebrity.  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."

And the evidence does seem to back up Louis's claim. A video, obtained by Radar Online, does indeed appear to show Eleanor being attacked by two female photographers and Louis coming to her rescue.

However, it also appears that the first physical contact may have been made by Louis against the male photographer, but it's difficult to tell what happened between Eleanor and the male photographer before the video began.

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The father-of-one was released after paying a $20,000 bail, and he's due in court for a hearing in Los Angeles on March 29.

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Do you think Louis overreacted, or was his response appropriate?

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