Christina Applegate’s rocker hubby was detained and frisked Los Angeles cops Sunday after an altercation with a paparazzo taking photos of his toddler daughter.
Martyn LeNoble, 44, confronted the photographer outside a popular indoor playground called The COOP in Studio City to object to the snaps of his 2-year-old tot and famous wife.
Musician Martyn LaNoble was released after being questioned by cops.
“We’re tired of being harassed,” the Porno for Pyros bassist told the Daily News Monday. One of the officers who responded to the fight told the Daily News that the photographer claimed LeNoble slapped him in the face.
No witnesses were able to corroborate the claim, the officer said “Mr. LeNoble said the photographer wouldn’t back off, and he was worried because he’s gotten death threats in the past. He just didn’t know who the guy was who was getting so close,” Officer J. Ransom told The News.
Christina Applegate and Martin LeNoble are parents to a 2-year-old daughter. (LeNoble) said they chest bumped each other and walked away,” Officer Ransom said.
Video of the incident’s aftermath shows two officers interviewing LeNoble after patting him down.WP#ACL/ZOJ/WENN.COM
Martyn LeNoble speaks with police officers after the alleged incident.
“He started taking pictures of my child,” LeNoble told police in the interview posted on TMZ.com. “I went outside to talk to him, and he got physical with me…He wouldn’t back off.”
LeNoble said he believed the photographer was trying to “provoke a fight” to get more photos he could sell for even more money.
Martyn LeNoble told cops he approached the paparazzo who was taking pictures of his child.
He claimed the pap invited him to go to a “back alley and fight.” Let’s see what kind of man you are,” the photographer allegedly said, according to LeNoble.
The rocker has joined a growing number of celebrity parents trying to keep paparazzi away from their kids.
Actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner testified before California state lawmakers about photographers turning their tots into tabloid fodder and helped pass a new law that takes effect in January.
Under the new bill, photographers who harass the children of public figures will face up to a year in county jail and a fine up to $10,000.