Pitt-Chasing Paparazzi Gets a Beat Down

4/19/2006 4:26 PM PDT

Pitt-Chasing Paparazzi Gets a Beat Down

A security guard at Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Namibian compound may have shown that the paparazzi have more to fear than just the animals in the African outback Sunday. A source tells TMZ that a daring lensman, who had snuck onto the property and was snapping photos of Brad and Maddox, was seriously manhandled by a guard.
The source reports that although the paparazzi have been lurking all around the compound, peeking out from bushes and perching in trees, the snappers had, for the most part, respected the compound's boundaries. Sunday, however, a photog was spotted having literally DUG A DITCH to get on to the grounds and was taking pictures of Brad and Maddox, who were at play in the yard. "The bodyguard literally beat the crap out of this guy," a source tells TMZ, adding, "Brad and Maddox were right there watching."

Tough guy Mickey Brett, the security guard overseeing Brangelina's high-security compound, issued this threat to the press earlier this week: "If I find anyone getting a picture of Jolie, I will f****ing smash someone to pieces. I'm not joking. I'll f***ing put someone in the hospital. Tell your friends."

According to the source, it was unclear whether Hardman was the guard who scuffled Sunday with the unlucky paparazzi.

A call to Brad's rep was not immediately returned.