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Two more Hollywood starlets have caused potentially lethal automobile accidents and are attempting to blame the paparazzi for their own screwups. As explained here months ago, these claims are baseless and are part of a celebrity power grab. But this time eyewitnesses were there to verify the ingenues' reckless behavior and exonerate the photographers.

Herbie: Fully Loaded star Lindsay Lohan yesterday smashed into a van trying to make a turn in front of her, in an incident suspiciously similar to the May 31 accident for which a celebrity photographer has been criminally charged. As in that incident, Lohan's handlers lost no time trying to depict this one as a paparazzi-related crash. Unfortunately for that plan, ace reporter Victoria Recaño, the "Anti-Diva," was present on the scene, telling a local TV news crew, "I was just walking down the street when her Mercedes-Benz sped north… and I guess… hit a red van head-on."

Observe how the BBC, like all the mainstream media in thrall to the celebrities' campaign against "stalkerazzi," selectively quotes Recaño to support that campaign. The Beeb quotes Recaño at the top of the story noting that Lohan had avoided a pap-press at a restaurant earlier in the day, then provides a few paragraphs of back story on Lohan's previous run-in with paparazzo Galo Cesar Ramirez, returning to Recaño at the end for the following: "I don't believe they were fleeing the scene, I think they were hiding from paparazzi who hang out in this area." The UK's state-run news network conveniently omits the rest of Recaño's quote, wherein she expresses bafflement at the actress' speeding and states, "There was no one following her. She was going pretty fast on Robertson."

This follows Scarlett Johansson's August collision in the Disneyland parking lot, which the comely Ghost World star also tried to pin on the paparazzi—until a witness surfaced to report:

When she was driving in to the parking lot, she was going very, very slow—maybe about 15 miles per hour—and she started veering to the left. It was almost like when you drop something on the car floor and you try to pick it up. Or she could've been busy talking with the two friends she had in her car. I couldn't see what was going on inside of the car, but from the outside I could see that she wasn't at all being chased when she hit the other lady's car. The parking lot is confusing because it's very busy, so maybe she was unsure of whether she wanted to turn left or right. I'm guessing that because she veered to the left, she was unable to see the other car—the only other vehicle at the parking lot entrance at that time—from her blindside. That's when she slowly slammed into the other car. The nearest cars to them at the time of the accident were at least 40 yards away, and none of them contained paparazzi. It was just regular oncoming traffic. I know, because there was another set of photographers that with the traffic at the stoplights. I'm sure Disneyland has video cameras at its entrance to prove that this is what happened.

Am I suspicous that these witnesses appear to be paparazzi themselves? M-m-maybe…a little. But the larger story here is clear: Celebrities are an out-of-control menace on our highways. Before we give any more credence to these fleeing-the-cameras excuses, consider the most important question in the ongoing paparazzi war: cui bono?

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