Two photographers accused of stalking Nicole Richie that culminated in a traffic accident with the TV star have been ordered to stay 50 yards away from her for the next three years, a Superior Court judge ruled yesterday.
A rail-thin Richie appeared in court flanked by her boyfriend Joel Madden and celebrity attorney Mark Geragos. She testified in a brief hearing about how a team of photographers would wait outside her house every day and then follow her in their car every time she left. Last month the duo crashed into the back of her car as she was stopped on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.
Ivon Emilio Miguel and Eduardo Cerri Arrivabene apologized to Richie in court and claimed they've only followed her twice. Both denied tresspassing on her property, which was also part of the complaint Richie filed in asking for a temporary restraining order.
"I think it is a credible threat and a reasonable threat that Ms. Richie should be a afraid of the respondents," Jusge Carol Boas Goodson said.
Richie said the car accident frightened her and she ended up in the hospital.
"I was hysterical. Crying. I was scared," she testified. "Ten minutes later the pain kicked in and I had to go to the hospital."
Miguel and Arrivabene even snapped her picture as she was placed in another car for a ride to the hospital. The picture appeared on the web site x17online, which is a big outlet for paparazzi photos.
The restraining order also covers Richie's two infant daughters, which Richie takes with her to business meetings and on errands. She recently launched a maternity clothing line.