Scarlett Johansson’s Paparazzi Scare: Why Princess Diana’s Death Should Have Changed Their ‘Lawless’ Actions

Scarlett Johansson is speaking out about the paparazzi and how they put people at risk, citing the death of Princess Diana, following the scary encounter she had after her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night.

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Scarlett Johansson was followed by paparazzi

After appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with her Avengers: Endgame costars Paul Rudd, Chris Hemsworth, and Robert Downey Jr., Johansson left in a car, only to be followed dangerously by paparazzi.

She reported the incident to the police, with Capt. Steve Lurie of the Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Division telling NBC Los Angeles that Johansson believed the paparazzi were following her “in a dangerous fashion.”

Johansson went to the police station to file the report but didn’t file charges. She was able to get home safely.

The incident left Johansson shaken

Needless to say, Johansson was rattled by the turn of events and took the opportunity to slam the paparazzi for their shady tactics to get photos of celebrities and their families.

In a statement obtained by ET Canada, she explained: “The paparazzi consistently go to increasingly dangerous lengths to stalk and harass the people they are photographing. 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.”

She continued, explaining the scary situation she endured, sharing: “Yesterday, after leaving ‘Jimmy Kimmel [Live]’, I was followed by five cars full of men with blacked out windows who were running red lights and putting other drivers and pedestrians at risk so they could follow me to find out where I was staying and subsequently stalk me and my young daughter for the duration of my stay.”

Johansson added: “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.”

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Johansson’s statement called for action

The Avengers: Endgame actress is hoping to shine a light on the dangerous situations paparazzi create, calling for laws to change things for the better. Johansson explained: “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. Women across the US are stalked, harassed and frightened and a universal law to address stalking must be at the forefront of law enforcement conversations.”

She continued: “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.”

Princess Diana died on August 31, 1997 after she and Emad “Dodi” Fayed were pursued by paparazzi in Paris. Her driver lost control of the vehicle in a tunnel, crashing into a pillar and ricocheting off the opposite wall.