News: Jay-Z & Beyonce's Bodyguard Slapped W/ Assault Charge, Confronted Cameraman In Croatia [Video]
Wednesday, Aug 19, 2009 5:26PM
A bodyguard for Jay-Z and Beyonce has reportedly been charged with assault and destruction of personal property after an altercation took place last night (August 18) with a television reporter in Croatia.
While details are still emerging, the charge was reportedly filed shortly after the incident.
Croation law enforcement tells TMZ Jay's bodyguard has been charged with destroying personal property and assault -- based on a complaint filed by the reporter who got into a scuffle with Jay and Beyonce's entourage late last night. Video of the incident surfaced on the 'net earlier today showing the whole confrontation -- including the part where the reporter throws his camera sticks at Jay's hired muscle ... and the hired muscle throws the sticks into the Adriatic Sea. (TMZ)
Hov and Beyonce were reporteldy confronted by photographers which allegedly sparked the incident.
As they were leaving dinner Tuesday night, the cameras were continuing to go off and the three tried to find their escape route by jumping onto a boat that would take them out to their yacht, but met hostility as one of the photographers proceeded to throw his tripod which cracked the bodyguard in his back. Everyone in their mind knows exactly what their reaction would be to a situation such as this but their bodyguard should be commended for his choice of response. Julius responded by throwing the piece of property in the ocean and giving the royal salute, along with Jay-Z, by way of the middle finger. (Hip Hop Wired)
Croatia sources claim Jay requested his bodyguard to physically attack the cameraman.
The couple was followed by their bodyguard, who pushed a cameraman away and told him not to film the singer. The daily 24 sata has reported Beyonce went to the city centre, where she encountered another cameraman, Dragan Banovic, 57. When the same bodyguard saw Banovic, he punched him, causing him to drop his camera. The bodyguard hit Banovic three more times after he got back up and then threw his camera into some water. Jay Z allegedly told the bodyguard to throw the cameraman into the water. (Croatian Times)
Lil Wayne's bodyguard also found himself in legal heat after recently having a police report filed against him following a concert last week when a fight broke out near the rapper's tour bus.
Cops arrived to the scene and broke things up -- but we've learned a 15-year-old boy has since filed a police report claiming one of Wayne's bodyguards roughed him up during the chaos, bruising a few of his ribs. Cops interviewed Wayne at a nearby hotel after the incident, where the rapper told cops he was on one of the buses when the attack started -- but his bus took off almost immediately. (Singers Room)
Footage of Jay-Z's bodyguard incident has landed online: