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LAPD Investigating Orlando

10/16/2007 5:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Orlando BloomTMZ has learned the LAPD is investigating the car crash involving Orlando Bloom, and cops are still looking at the possibility that he committed hit and run.

The accident occurred just after 2:00 AM Friday, after Bloom left a Hollywood club. The woman in the back seat, prominent fashion stylist Cher Coulter, suffered a fractured neck in the crash. Minutes after leaving the club, Orlando smashed into a parked Porsche, then began walking away from the scene. X17 has video of paparazzi repeatedly urging Bloom to return, which he finally did.

Ironically, as Coulter left the club, before getting in the car, she said to Orlando, "What, are you gonna leave me on the street." Minutes later, that's exactly what he did -- when he walked away.

Detectives tell us Orlando has been interviewed by cops, and he said an SUV with paparazzi cut him off and caused the crash. The LAPD is investigating that as well.

As to why Bloom was not given a field sobriety test, one detective says that even if an officer saw "minor objective symptoms" of intoxication, it's still a subjective judgment call.

The LAPD tells us the investigation is open and active.

We contacted Bloom's rep -- so far, no word back.

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46.

suoires    

meth...is ah hell of ah drug...

2473 days ago
47.

Anon2    

Rosie (# 36), Orlando normally drives an Audi. I don't think he drives or owns a Prius. He has been photographed standing next to a Prius to advertise the car (for the rest of us, I guess), but he drives an Audi. I think he's having solar panels put on his house in London to do his part for the environment, but the average person can't afford to do that. A lot of celebrities use their name, fame and image to sell a product or a concept that they themselves are not exactly consistent about.

2473 days ago
48.

Michael Haase    

Gimme a break. He was probably fleeing the damn paparazzi! You guys are trying to make something out of nothing.

2473 days ago
49.

just me    

The statement from the LAPD does say "the investigation is on-going" but it also says Orlando "appears to be an innocent victim."

There also appears to have been a witness who talked to police at the scene, a witness who was supposedly on the sidewalk not far from the intersection when it happened and whose attention drawn to the vehicles driving erratic as they approached the intersection. The witness supposedly told police that he didn't see Bloom's collision with the parked car but he heard it after seeing Bloom crowded by another vehicle that appeared to make contact with Bloom's left front fender in the turn, pretty much the same as what Bloom says happened except he hasn't said that he made contact with the vehicle that crowded him in the turn, or at least it hasn't been reported that he has said that.

I think the witness might be the guy in the video wearing the skull and crossbones t-shirt because he is seen in the video talking to Bloom and making hand gestures that appear to illustrate what happened, his left hand cutting in front of his right hand.

Also in the video of the accident scene, someone is seen leaning in the driver door talking to woman in the from seat when Bloom walked up and that person can be heard telling Bloom "we're witnesses." A few seconds after that someone is heard saying; "You guys caused the injuries. You know that don't you?"

I think Bloom is going to be razzed by paparazzi leveling all sorts of criticisms and suspicions against him to divert attention away from the probability that paparazzi caused this accident and injuries. There is a lot of public outrage about the intrusive, aggressive, brazen, and dangerous behaviors of paparazzi and lawmakers are under a lot of public pressure to do something to stop it. Something like this would increase that pressure if paparazzi are found at fault here, especially if it is discovered that it was a paparazzo who cut in front of Bloom and then fled the scene of the accident.

2473 days ago
50.

lexie    

This pozer needs to go back to the UK and stay there! He was driving his boyfriend's car. We don't need anymore celebs on our streets that can't drive. Wonder if boyfriend is angry?

2473 days ago
51.

Lisa    

There are so many holes in this little false picture TMZ is trying to paint, they and all of you that believe it should be embarrassed. First of all, they said that the infamous clichéd "source" claims that Orlando was drinking like a fish the whole time he was at the club; that he basically never stopped drinking. The drink described -- "clear liquid." That in itself is so dumb, it’s laughable. Well, if it’s clear, it must be alcohol. I mean it couldn’t possibly be water, club soda, or Sprite for that matter. No, no, noooo. The ONLY clear liquid he could possibly have been drinking was alcohol. Yeah. Well, maybe it’s just me, but I would think if a person (especially Orlando’s size) had been drinking hard liquor for like two hours straight, he pretty much would have been getting carried out of the club, rather than walking quite easily and decisively on his own to where he was going. Not to mention, I doubt he would have been able to utter a whole sentence let alone have a calm interaction with the other guy and the crew he was with. And I would imagine he most certainly would have been stumbling in and out of that other guy’s car and ended up on the ground. But, hey, that’s just me. Then, there’s the matter about the injured passenger getting in the car. Orlando gets in the front passenger seat which the woman then asks JOKINGLY if they were just going to leave her in which (and TMZ conveniently left this out of course) he and the woman driver both replied something to the effect of "No, get in." Meaning "Get in the back; we can't all sit in the front." Apparently the woman was trying to sit in the front with them because she didn't think there was any room for her to sit in the back. If you notice, the backseat has a lot of stuff all over. She ended up getting in the back -- which she should have. But of course, TMZ tried to paint that whole situation in a negative light as if Orlando was not concerned about how the woman would get home. Then, we have the crash itself. Now, isn't that odd? They have everything that happened before the crash, they have some of what happened after, but nothing in between. No switching of the seats, no one cutting Orlando's car off, none of that. They are following the whole time, but there is no video of the crash. And there is also no video of Orlando actually walking from the scene itself. You would think with the way the paps were all over him, there should have been video of he and the girl switching seats, video of the crash itself and video from the time he started walking from the scene of the accident to the time he started walking back to the car. But there isn't. Yeah, that's very odd. NOW TMZ writes a headline that the cops are investigating Orlando. That's what they use as the headline to make it sound real bad and negative when in fact, it is the accident itself they are investigating. TMZ keeps trying to keep this story going so they can try to cause trouble; that’s what they love to do to celebs, but the truth of the matter is is that the LAPD got it right in this incident. Orlando was not under the influence and what he did was not a hit and run. The bottomline is if he wanted to flee the scene, he would've pulled a Lindsay Lohan. She fled the scene, literally. THAT is considered fleeing the scene. What Britney did in the parking lot is a hit and run; girl never even reported the hit. Walking a short distance from the scene whether it's to gather your thoughts, make a phone call or whatever is not considered a hit and run. And then TMZ goes on to write the statement that even if "an officer saw minor objective symptoms of intoxication..." Now, the way TMZ purposely printed that statement would make you think the “detective” was speaking specifically about Orlando while making that statement, when in fact, they were speaking in general. That's what people like TMZ and the rest of the paps do. They manipulate and try to make you believe something that isn't true. It is so obvious that they are trying soooo hard to paint a negative picture about Orlando and those of you that believe it are pure idiots plain and simple. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

2473 days ago
52.

Get a Clue    

Holy crap Alicia.

You SERIOUSLY need to get a life.

Wow.

2473 days ago
53.

Chuck    

As TMZ has reported in the past, the LA police do not believe in intervening in any situation involving nightclubs in the LA area -- from brawls to hit-and-run -- unless someone from the public insists on their intervention. Police just stand around watch and laugh at crimes being committed without intervention. I wonder how much kick back they are being paid to not intervene by the club owners? God, I wish I was a cop in LA on the take!

2473 days ago
54.

LAME    

Alicia... that's just waaaay tooo much.

Add your comment is says - don't write a short story!

2473 days ago
55.

Terry    


Wow Alicia can we read some more?
Your just the only wise one here! lmao
what would we do if we didnt have you to explain things?

2473 days ago
56.

Terry    

In Orlando's defense I think his walking away is getting a little to much play. Who would have thought that fender bender would injure anyone! and his first reaction is to avoid the mass of paps.
Not in his defense I think the guys behavior was strange even before he took off that night and maybe he has some issue he needs to deal with like pills or something.
I'm also not so sure it was the press that ran him off the road, maybe he tried a maneuver to avoid them and it back fired. What ever, it's not that big of a thing to bring detectives in. Maybe they should have a Orlando panel to look into it.

2472 days ago
57.

Lisa    

Boner, KC and I mean to say, LOL! what a bunch of dumb tags. Sounds like a boy band gone really wrong. LOL! I think you’re just mad that Alicia didn’t write what you wanted to read. She’s not the only one that’s written a long post. Hell, I’ve written some myself I have to admit. If you don't like it, don't read it. Otherwise, just sit there, shut up, and learn. LOL!


Anyway, Alicia, I agree with you and #49 (people want the truth). It is so clear that Orly wasn’t at fault. I believe the paps caused that accident on purpose. I think they’re trying to place negative focus on Orly to mask their own guilt. Those fools probably just assumed he was drunk that night and were like let’s just hit his car a bit so he can hit something and it’ll be like another celebrity is driving under the influence. All so they can sell more pointless magazines and try to get higher ratings for the piece of crap of a website television show that nobody watches. I know someone who lives there that saw the accident and he said the paparazzi definitely caused that accident. He said they were chasing Orly’s car down with bulbs flashing like a bunch of maniacs. Something needs to be done about those vultures. Congress needs to step in and pass a law governing what they can and can’t do when pursuing stars because it’s gotten way out hand.

2472 days ago
58.

bob    

THE PEOPLE THAT CAUSED THE ACCIDENT ARE MAKING ALOT OF MONEY RIGHT NOW,,,,,,THE PAPARAZZIS CAUSE THE CRASH,,,,,,,TAKE PHOTOS AND VIDEO 2 SECONDS AFTER IT HAPPENED,,,,BIG BUCKS IN THERE POCKET,,,WITH SO MANY CAMERAS AND VIDEO THERE THE POLICE ARE SO DUMB IN NOT GETTING THE VIDEO AND PHOTOS AS EVIDENCE IN THE CRASH, JUST LIKE DIANA ,THE PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE STILL MAKING MONEY ON HER DEATH,,,,

2472 days ago
59.

nonnie    

What is going on with LA's finest?? Here we go again--celebrity justice. This speaks volumes of Orlando Bloom's character and true personality--walking away at first. Sounds like the paparazzi were the only ones who cared.

2472 days ago
60.

Nancy    

Someone tell me why the LAPD only check woman for DUI. It seems the men are above the law. I guess they want to show them little ladies whos boss.

2472 days ago
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