Paps Vs. Surfers Battle Ebbs as Cops Move In

Malibu battle over McConaughey less than righteous, dude
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2008 3:06 PM CDT
A paparazzo trying to photograph Matthew McConaughey at a Malibu beach says he was attacked by a mob of surfers who threw his camera in the ocean.    (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
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(Newser) – Malibu sheriffs stepped up beach patrols this weekend, in the wake of last week's ruckus between paparazzi who wanted to snap actor Matthew McConaughey and surfers who rushed to defend him as one of their own. But the anticipated fray this weekend consisted of one lone photographer with a protest sign trading choice words with beach bums, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"It's not about Matthew McConaughey. It's about the assumption these people have about what is private," said the demonstrating paparazzo. "I did this as an American, not as a photographer."