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Gerard Butler

Charged with Crime

5/14/2009 7:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gerard Butler has another notch on his belt, but this time it ain't a chick ...he's scored a criminal charge.
Gerard Butler
Butler has been charged with misdemeanor criminal battery in connection with a run-in with a photog on October 7, 2008. At 2 AM, after a premiere party for "RockNRolla," Butler left Crown Bar in a limo and allegedly popped a papper in the lips three or four times. The L.A. City Attorney filed the charge yesterday.

Butler's reps have said the papper had stalked the star, and chased people through the streets. The rep claims the papper almost killed a pedestrian.

If convicted, Butler could face up to 6 months in jail.

Butler is due in court for an arraignment on June 10.

Butler's lawyer, Blair Berk, declined comment.

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31.

macordovil    

Gerry never had problems with paparazzi.
. That guy caused him troubles. Gerry was provoked...
Tiana1

1806 days ago
32.

Don't be so naive    

Why did it take 7 months for charges to be filed?

1806 days ago
33.

Brad Campbell    

I think the paps try to get beat up half the time just so they can file a ridiculous lawsuit, make some headlines (which they prob sell and get paid for), and try to 'freeload' on wealthy celebs! worthless....

1806 days ago
34.

LenoBlows    

If that pap is still breathing, then Butler didn't hit him hard enough.

1806 days ago
35.

puhllleeez    

Leonidas won't go to jail, the Scottish Spartan is unfreakingbeatable! Tonight We Dine In Hell!

On the other hand, that stupid pap's ass should be in the slammer for driving like a lunatic.

1806 days ago
36.

Sunny    

to MC HAMMER - YES everybody at TMZ is slime and should be punched.

1806 days ago
37.

Jimmy Z    

Is that photographer the guy on Law and Order?

1806 days ago
38.

Corey Feldman is the king of douche!    

I JUST WANT TO PUNCH HIM FOR HAVING BIG GOOFY LIPS!!!

1806 days ago
39.

camaguey    

This is some unbelievably unattractive guy! How is it that he is romantically linked with ANYBODY in Hollywood or described as a "hotty" ever! I won't forget this guy going to talk shows to promote the movie "300" and being asked to holler SPARTA! which I guess has been his most famous line yet! He would just holler SPARTA! How embarrassing! And now I read that he hits people?!!? SPARTA!!!!

1806 days ago
40.

mk    

Good for Gerard , it could and should have been worse. That's what happens when you mess with Attila & Leonidus dispstick

1805 days ago
41.

jaye    

People are down on the paparazzi, but you are HERE watching the pictures they've taken. What the hell would you do with your lives without them. You want to sound convincing, STOP SUPPORTING CELEBRITY WEB SITES. You're sooooo hypocritical. Gerard Butler needs to go to jail. Sure the papa can be crazy, but you can't just go around injuring them. Obvious if the police thought there were no charges to be filed Butler wouldn't have been charged with anything. Amid this he say, they say, who really knows what happened. Butler is like Russell Crowe, where there's smoke, there's fire.

1805 days ago
42.

miss grundy    

The paps deserve getting beaten up for stalking celebrities, including TMZ. There's no need to follow someone around and get in this/her face to take a picture, or to get in front of a car to do so. Not only are you asking for a beat down, you're looking to get run over. But perhaps you were raised by stupid people.

1805 days ago
43.

Niagara Mom    

I'm on Gerry's side on this one. There is a polite way to get your shots and then there is plain old stalking. If he was asked to stop and didn't...punch his lights out. I love a man who takes charge!

1805 days ago
44.

Jeannie    

This is part of the culture war. Gerry loves the paps. He was just giving him a "Glasgow Kiss". From the number of stitches, Gerry is a great kisser!

1805 days ago
45.

Jeannie    

Gerard Butler did go to Law school. Between Gerry and Blair Berk, he will be in and out of court in no time. So Sorry Papper.

1805 days ago
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