Jessica Simpson's Saturday night out on the town with hairstylist BFF Ken Paves became a hair-raising evening when Ken got between the singer and a photog -- and was smacked!
The country crooner and Paves were exiting Los Angeles restaurant Madeo when they were swarmed by shutterbugs trying to snap pictures of Simpson. Paves reportedly stepped toward Jessica to protect her, and was clipped on the bridge of his nose by a paparazzo's camera. Simpson and Paves then hopped in their car and took Ken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was treated. No police charges have been filed against the shutterbugs.
Today, Paves released a statement to "Extra" saying:
"I appreciate everyone who has expressed concern after the incident which occurred outside of Madeo restaurant Saturday evening. While I did not expect a dinner out with friends would end up with me in the emergency room and nine stitches in my head, I am fine.
My only real concern on Saturday night, and it remains so in retrospect, was for the safety of my friend and all concerned. I understand everyone has a job to do, including paparazzi. If I were to say anything about Saturday night, it is only to encourage that everyone would respect and care for the safety of others above all else."