Why Scarlett Johansson Went to an L.A. Police Station
On Monday, actress Scarlett Johansson took an unexpected trip to a police station after taping an episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Johansson's security team drove her to the station out of concern for her safety, NBC Los Angeles reports. According to Capt. Steve Lurie, she felt frightened by paparazzi who were following her “in a dangerous fashion.”
After notifying the LAPD about the incident, Johansson made it home safely and did not file any charges.
Earlier in the night, Johansson was all smiles promoting her new film “Avengers: Endgame” with co-stars Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr. and Paul Rudd.
In a statement obtained by People magazine, Scarlett said, "Even after Princess Diana's tragic death, the laws were never changed to protect targets from the lawless paparazzi. Many paparazzi have criminal pasts and will perform criminal acts to get their shot.”
"The paparazzi put people's lives at risk, so they can wait for days in quiet neighborhoods in blacked out cars, and try to follow me to the playground and photograph my child and other people's children in a safe place that should be off limits, but isn't," she continued. "All of this is perfectly legal. After yesterday's incident, I felt it was my duty as a concerned citizen who was being pursued dangerously and stalked to go to the local precinct and seek guidance there. I would encourage others in a similar situation to go to the police.”
She stressed, "Until paparazzi are considered by the law for the criminal stalkers they are, it's just a waiting game before another person gets seriously injured or killed, like Princess Diana.”