Former One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson arrested at LAX

From left, recording artists Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Harry Styles of One Direction, winners of Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group, appear backstage during the 43rd annual American Music Awards held in Los Angeles on November 22, 2015. Tomlinson was arrested this weekend after an alleged altercation with a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

March 4 (UPI) — Former One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport Friday night and charged with misdemeanor battery.

People magazine said police took the 25-year-old recording artist into custody shortly before midnight local time and released him about an hour later.

Tomlinson was arrested after he allegedly pushed a male photographer, who fell and was allegedly injured. The singer and his girlfriend Eleanor Calder were surrounded by photographers in the airport’s baggage claim area.

“The paparazzi provoked and caused the altercation that occurred with Louis,” a representative for Tomlinson told TMZ. “It’s not the first time that a paparazzi has created an altercation with a celebrity. While the altercation was going on with the paparazzi, three other individuals were attacking his girlfriend during this incident and he came to her defense.”

Tomlinson is due in court to answer the charge on March 29.


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