Lorde Tweets Name, Photo of Her 'Stalker'
Says she's 'scared' of Simon Runting
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2014 10:40 AM CDT
New Zealand's singer-songwriter Lorde answers questions from the press ahead of her performance in Mexico City, Mexico, Wednesday, April 9, 2014.   (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

(Newser) – Seventeen-year-old musical phenom Lorde, not one to suffer fools, says a male paparazzo is stalking her. Among her tweets from last night, most accompanied by Simon Runting's photo and, in one case, a link to his Facebook page:

  • "this man has been stalking me, photographing me and refusing me privacy. i am scared of him. ... his name is simon runting,"
  • "this should not be an accepted standard for young women or anyone in this industry."
  • "i refuse to stay complicit and i refuse to stay passive about men systematically subjecting me to extreme fear."
  • "i understand that this comes with the territory. i do not understand why I should be complacent."

Gawker describes Runting as "a New Zealand photographer who appears to focus primarily on celebrities" and points out that a photo he took last year of Rihanna led her to quote a Kanye West song about hating the paparazzi "more than the Nazi."

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May 5, 2014 10:06 PM CDT
I thought these people were going to have to start following some rules after they killed Princess Diana.
Ontopo Urmama
May 5, 2014 2:39 PM CDT
I like this kid. She's got spunk.
May 5, 2014 12:38 PM CDT
Love the "Pappi to Nazi" comparison. Had they lived in that time, they would know the NAZI were to be feared and would have killed these people in cold blood. The comparisons made so blatantly show the lack of understanding. I would like to ask them if they would trade places with a Nazi held captive.