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Leonardo DiCaprio & The Western Wall

It goes likes this: Leonardo DiCaprio's Israeli girlfriend Bar Refaeli takes Leo to meet the parents and Leo undergoes a quasi-spiritual, but definitely Israeli experience at the Western Wall as Bar's papa and Leo's security get irritated with the paparazzi. The … Read More

By / March 21, 2007

It goes likes this: Leonardo DiCaprio's Israeli girlfriend Bar Refaeli takes Leo to meet the parents and Leo undergoes a quasi-spiritual, but definitely Israeli experience at the Western Wall as Bar's papa and Leo's security get irritated with the paparazzi. The clip below shows the unmarked white van, the paparazzi, unidentifable people, and a lot of mad Hebrew being spoken all under the obtuse focus of a hand-held camera. It's better broken down here:

According to Reuters, Leonardo DiCaprio and his girlfriend, Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli, were enjoying a private tour of the Western Wall in Jerusalem when they were mobbed by photographers as they tried to leave in an unmarked white van. As the paparazzi surrounded the van, two members of Leo's security team got into a fight with the news hounds and were subsequently arrested by the Israeli police.

Allegedly, the security team helped Leonardo and Bar make a getaway in the van and then the fracas began. After the couple vacated the site, two members of the security team remained on hand and ended up getting into an altercation with various photographers who were upset that they didn't get the shots they were hoping for. For seven of the photographers who were extremely upset, they decided to get the local authorities involved and claimed to have been assaulted by the pair of security guards, which resulted in their arrest. After the pair were rounded up and the police heard both sides of the story, it was determined that the security team did nothing wrong and the blame was placed on the paparazzi for being out of line.

The Jerusalem Post reports that the clash between the bodyguards and photographers also resulted in an Associated Press reporter receiving a broken nose, while others were slightly injured and had their equipment broken. Yediot Aharonot photographer Eli Mendelbaum reveals that he wasminding his own business when one of the large, muscle-bound security guards brutally pushed him to the ground.

While this particular incident may never be laid to rest (without the assistance of some deep pockets, that is), I'm sure Leo and his pal Bar are happy that they've since vacated Israel. Just like a movie star to trash a hotel (or a holy site) and leave the clean-up to the plebs.

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