Nicole Kidman ‘feared for life’ as paparazzo chased her

November 14th, 2007 - 10:39 am ICT by admin  

Her asset manager, John Manning, described how on a January 2005 night when he drove Kidman from her Darling Point home to her parents’ house in Greenwich on the lower north shore, Fawcett - driving a black Jeep Cherokee - drove erratically, swerving left and right

Fawcett and another photographer, Ben McDonald - who was in a silver Nissan - followed them from the eastern suburbs across the Harbour Bridge and as Manning drove Kidman through Woolloomooloo, Fawcett, who was driving erratically and at one stage even mounting a median strip, forced Kidman’s car to swerve into the gutter.

“She was screaming and saying things like ‘this has to stop, call the police’ … she was fearing for her life and said ’someone’s going to get killed,’” quoted Manning, as saying.

Manning said he also saw Fawcett driving with just one hand on the steering wheel and looking down to pick up a camera, which he saw in Fawcett’s hand later in the journey.

About the same time as the incident, police applied for an AVO against Fawcett on Kidman’s behalf but it was later withdrawn, so were the criminal charges against him over a listening device, allegedly planted outside Kidman’s home.

Fawcett is suing Fairfax’s The Sun-Herald over a 2005 article, which a jury has already found as defaming him. The hearing, which has made Hollywood superstar Nicole Kidman the focus of attention, is to determine what damages, if any, the paper should pay.

Kidman had been subpoenaed to give evidence later this week, but on Nov 13, 2007 John Manning gave evidence for the newspaper instead. (ANI)

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