Tomlinson, 25, was arrested on a charge of simple battery and released after posting bond of $20,000 early Saturday morning, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Inmate Information Center.
Tomlinson was with a female companion when the altercation occurred at the Terminal 4 baggage claim around 8:25 p.m., LAX police said in a statement.
The singer pulled the photographer, causing him to fall backward and strike his head on the floor, witnesses told police.
Tomlinson also attempted to take a cellphone away from a woman who was recording his companion, authorities said.
The singer grabbed the woman by the waist, causing her to also fall to the floor, police said. The woman was also struck in the eye during the incident.
Martin Singer, Tomlinson’s legal representative, issued the following statement: “The paparazzi provoked and caused the altercation that occurred with Louis at the airport this morning…. 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.”
Radar Online posted video that claims to shows the incident.
The photographer was taken to a hospital for treatment, and the woman taking the cellphone video was treated at the scene, police said. Both filed citizen’s arrest statements.
Tomlinson has a scheduled March 29 court date.
|One Direction's Louis Tomlinson in Doncaster, England, in 2014. (Anna Gowthorpe / Associated Press)|
Louis Tomlinson Arrested In Los Angeles After Incident With Paparazzo
One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson was arrested after an altercation with a paparazzo at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday night.
The male photographer was allegedly pushed to the floor and hit his head as Tomlinson and girlfriend, Eleanor Calder, collected their luggage, TMZ first reported. According to a lawyer for Tomlinson, Martin Singer, the paparazzo started it.
“The paparazzi provoked and caused the altercation that occurred with Louis at the airport this morning,” Singer said in a statement provided to The Huffington Post.
A few other people had also been harassing Calder, reportedly prompting her to retaliate. Tomlinson was placed under citizen’s arrest.
The star was charged with misdemeanor battery and is due in court on March 29, according to People.
“This is not the first or last time that a paparazzi has created an altercation with a celebrity,” Singer continued. “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.”
One Direction, which also features Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Niall Horan, has been on hiatus for about a year.
Boy Band Beatdown! Watch Louis Tomlinson Flip Photographer During Airport Brawl
This is the moment One Direction star Louis Tomlinson never wanted his fans to see! The former teen dream was CAUGHT freaking out and flipping a photographer onto his back in an airport brawl last night, and only RadarOnline.com has the video.
The explosive world exclusive footage shows the 25-year-old British pop aggressively approaching a photographer at LAX after the snapper refused to stop taking photos of the star and his girlfriend, Eleanor Calder returning from vacation. The ensuing brawl led to the boy bander’s arrest by Los Angeles police at 11:45 p.m.
Tomlinson’s lawyer, Beverly Hills legal eagle Marty Singer, has claimed the incident was provoked by paparazzi. But the raucous tape — filmed by another bystander — shows a different story.
Tomlinson was returning to Los Angeles from Las Vegas where he had reunited with Calder, following their split in 2015 after dating for four years. And what should have been a relaxing return quickly turned ugly.
“The whole thing was chaos, and Louis was aggressive and swearing,” an eyewitness told Radar.
Meanwhile, Calder got caught up in her own drama too, fighting with two fans who were reportedly at LAX in an effort to meet the couple.
After Tomlinson’s scuffle with the photographer, “he then ran over to try to break up the second fight” between his girlfriend and the women, said the insider.
Although Calder appeared to believe the women were filming Tomlinson’s fight, an eyewitness to the brawl told Radar, “They were just innocent bystanders and claim they didn’t even know who Louis and Eleanor were.
The photographer and witness both made citizens’ arrests, and Tomlinson was taken away by cops, but released by 1:45 a.m. on Saturday morning. The paparazzo in question has provided a statement to the police, Radar has learned.
One of the young girls ended up with a cut above her eye and was shaken when law enforcement arrived at the scene, said the source.