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Joel Madden

Accused of Battering a Woman

3/6/2007 5:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned that the Beverly Hills Police Department is investigating rocker Joel Madden, after a female photographer filed a "crime report" claiming he attacked her during a violent confrontation Sunday night.

According to police sources, the woman claimed Madden struck her on the left breast "with the heel of his hand" as the rocker tried to escort his girlfriend, Nicole Richie, out of the back door of Mr. Chow restaurant in Beverly Hills. The photographer told TMZ that she has a welt to prove it, and had to see a doctor for treatment.

Madden can be seen throwing a forceful, open-handed stiff-arm into the chest of another paparazzo, moments after the alleged incident.

Police reps also tell TMZ that they take every claim seriously, and a crime report was taken on this incident.

A rep for Madden had no comment.

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16.

confused    

This is bogus - I am not a fan of Joel or Richie, but the photographer/paparazzo should take this as part of their job description. Some days it's good and some days it sucks!

2697 days ago
17.

confused    

This is bogus - I am not a fan of Joel or Richie, but the photographer/paparazzo should take this as part of their job description. Some days it's good and some days it sucks!

2697 days ago
18.

the wise old owl    

This guy obviously has " rage issues " going on. The fact that he struck a woman shows his lack of character and displays his cowardliness. I 'd run if I was Nicole.

Get this guy some help. " REALITY CHECK " ............

I doubt he would of pulled that shit if it were Mike Tyson taking the picture. His action speak volumns. The next time he is really going to hurt someone. A little jail time will shape him right up. ( they don't call it the POKEY for nothing ) If he can dish it out.........he better be ready to " take it "

2697 days ago
19.

Whatever    

Hitting a woman? What a little bitch! This kid and his piece of trash girlfriend are c list celebs at best and should thank the press for even wanting pictures of thier skanky, flea ridden assholes!

2697 days ago
20.

nyc    

He's an idiot in a sucky band. Not at all surprised.

2697 days ago
21.

Whatever    

This bozo would be running after the paparazzi begging for them to take a picture of his ugly mug if they ignored him. Who the heck is he trying to fool? I hope the woman sues and wins.

2697 days ago
22.

lou    

Who is Joel Madden?

2697 days ago
23.

tb    

they should feel lucky that the paps even want to risk breaking their cameras to get a pic of their ugly ass....his band sucks and she is famous for being a crack whore who was adopted by lionel when her cracked out parents didnt want to take her....STAY HOME AND DO DRUGS BC THAT IS THE ONLY THING YOU ARE GOOD AT! hahahahaha

2697 days ago
24.

Shelly    

Having to deal with the Paps is enough. Cut him some slack. His life is documented. I think any guy in his situation would want to protect his girlfriend from being photographed. Its sick that they are photographed all the time. Who cares if she's a woman, she's still violating his rights of freedom. What happend to the equality of men and women. Maybe the pap broad looked like a man.
Also, this is only in the media because the woman who got hit wants money. She probably went home and beat herself just to show that Joel's (well deserved) wack had some impact. Shame!! Get a life woman!!!
I say go Joel. He's only defending his woman's honor!

2697 days ago
25.

All American Girl    

If you can't handle the flame, then go back to the white trash factory you came from.

2697 days ago
26.

Jessica    

In all honesty, who can blame him? It's not like he punched the woman. And people who get up in another person's space, invading their privacy should be on guard and ready for some rough treatment.

As a woman, I can say this: some women just deserve to be hit. As do some men. But its never a big issue when women hit men, even though we can be a hell of a lot more vicious than men.

I don't care for Nicole Richie, nor for the other party, but seriously, if you're going to force yourself onto someone just to get a pointless photograph, getting pushed, shoved and potentially roughed up should be in the job description. Just leave the people alone. Because regardless of their status, thats what they are:

Just PEOPLE.

2697 days ago
27.

uniformsformilitarypersonnelonly    

Can you say..... LOSER !!!!

2697 days ago
28.

sophia    

FARRAH, YOU'RE AN ASSHOLE.
WHILE I DON'T LIKE THIS DUCHE AND HIS TOOTHPICK OF A GIRLFRIEND, FOR YOU TO CALL PEOPLE CRACKER IS NOT VERY SMART OF YOU.
THEN YOU SAY NO PEACE NO JUSTICE?????
PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH JERK!!!!!

2697 days ago
29.

Shocked    

I am totally shocked at what I am reading... I'm glad she got pushed. If she even did. Sounds more like someone trying to cash in. There is a thing called personal space. Famous people and not-so-famous people are entitled to their space. Joel was defending his personal space, plain and simple. These photogs are getting run over, shoved and their cameras broken for a reason....they are violating personal space. Maybe all the actresses and actors should start suing every time they get stepped on or shoved into their cars by the herds of photogs.

2697 days ago
30.

jenna    

wtf? I saw the video and he only pushed a guy photographer. He didn't hit any girl

2697 days ago
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