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Richie

Gets Restraining Order

Against Paps

11/16/2009 6:29 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1116_nicole_richie_bn_tmz_02-1Nicole Richie was in court this afternoon to get a permanent restraining order against the two paps she claims harassed her and caused her to get into a car accident. Here's how it went down:

UPDATE 5:28 PM ET -- Judge just granted the restraining order, in effect til 2012. They must stay 50 yards away.

UPDATE 5:26 PM ET -- Odd exchange: One of the paps just said he wouldn't take pics of Joel and Nicole if they didn't want him to -- and, shockingly, they don't want him to.

UPDATE 5:22 PM ET -- One of the paps just apologized to Joel on the record.

UPDATE 5:20 PM ET -- Joel says he likes to know the pap's names since they are followed so much.

UPDATE 5:18 PM ET -- Joel Madden is on the stand now. He described Nicole after the crash as being "hysterical."

UPDATE 5:15 PM ET -- Both paps deny going on Nicole's property.


UPDATE 5:10 PM ET -- Get this: Nicole just said the paps need to take responsibility for their driving "like I have taken responsibility for my driving."

UPDATE 5:07 PM ET -- Nicole on the car accident: "I was scared, I was hysterically crying, I was lucky my mom was there. About 10 minutes later the pain started kicking in and I was taken to the hospital."

UPDATE 5:05 PM ET -- Nicole testified the pap was about "30 feet" onto her property.

UPDATE 5:02 PM ET -- Nicole says she has seen one of the paps on her property prior to the car accident on October 5.

UPDATE 4:58 PM ET -- Nicole is about to testify.

UPDATE 4:53 PM ET -- The paps are holding magazines to show their "expertise." When UsWeekly is your resumé, you got problems.

UPDATE 4:50 PM ET -- Nicole looks calm and collected. Joel looks super tired and irritated.

UPDATE 4:47 PM ET -- The courtroom is starting to fill up.

UPDATE 4:30 PM ET -- Court hasn't begun yet, but we've spotted Nicole in the courthouse with baby daddy Joel Madden, her lawyer Mark Geragos, and her private investigator, Scott Ross.

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