Hassled by the Hoff -- For Real!

6/5/2007 5:30 PM PDT

Hassled by the Hoff -- For Real!

Don't hassle the Hoff? TMZ found out what it's like to be hassled by the Hoff -- or his handlers, at least.

TMZ caught the David at a Fifth Avenue book signing of his new autobiography, "Don't Hassel the Hoff," (yes, that's how he's spelling it), and he seemed happy to see us -- until we started asking about the custody battle with his estranged wife, Pamela Bach. Still, he was all smiles inside, especially when signing a Barbie box.

But when he left the store, Hasselhoff sent out a phalanx of security to run interference, and when our cameraman simply tried to get a shot of the "Baywatch" star walking to his car, a particularly zealous publicist tried to block our lensman's view -- with a clear water bottle. Then, a security guard clapped his hand over the camera's lens, shoving our shooter toward the street.

C'mon people -- this is David Hasselhoff we're talking about, not Simon Cowell.