Nicole Richie's man, Joel Madden, is starting to work out his anger issues -- using words against the paparazzi instead of his fist.
TMZ cameras were out in NYC last night, where photogs caught the soon-to-be-parents returning to their hotel after a dinner date at La Esquina in Soho. Ever-protective of his lady and fetus, Madden politely warned photogs to "get the f**k out of the way" as they exited the car -- and into their Midtown hotel.
A vast improvement from the strong-armed shove he gave a photog back in March when protecting his girl outside Mr. Chow. Good Charlotte, Good Joel!