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."