Who's At Fault?

February 27, 2007 By:
Who's At Fault?

James Blunt was involved in a injury car accident over the weekend as he was trying to leave a pre-Oscar party. Police say that a man’s foot was run over. Blunt, however, doesn't think he hit the man, the rep said Monday.

"It wasn't a fan," the rep says. "It was a ton of paparazzi that were all swarming his car as he was driving 2 mph trying to navigate his way through them. That's the first and foremost. They were invading his space. He was just trying to quietly leave the party."

Los Angeles Police were called to the house of CAA agent Bryan Lourd. Police did not identify the injured man or understand what he was doing. But in photos shot by Josephine Santos of Pacific Coast News, the man is seen with a camera around his neck and a blank tablet of paper. So stalkerazzi?

"Suddenly James Blunt pulled out," recalls Santos. "I was across the
street. I looked over and the guy was flat on his back. I was totally
frightened. I thought maybe that he got flattened by the car. I thought he was fully run over. It was horrifying. It turns out that he started to get up slowly. His right lower leg near his foot was run over."

Santos says autograph seekers and photographers called out, "Hey, stop!
You just hit somebody!" to Blunt and girlfriend Petra Nemcova, but they
kept driving.

Although Santos says the man appeared to be in pain, "I saw him the
day. He was walking around with a limp. He was at Ago, on La Cienega
Melrose. There was some sort of pre-Oscar party."