Bjork @ NZ


Bjork attacks photographer in New Zealand

01/14/2008 3:59 AM, Reuters
Michael Paoletta

Icelandic pop singer Bjork attacked a news photographer in New Zealand, ripping his shirt in half after he ignored a request not to snap any shots, the New Zealand Herald reported on Monday.

The incident took place at Auckland International Airport on Sunday, after the musician had flown in for a concert later in the week, the paper said. It echoes an outburst at Bangkok's airport in 1996, when Bjork unleashed her fury on a journalist.

Glenn Jeffrey, a photographer with the Herald, told the paper Bjork was accompanied by a man who asked him not to take photographs.

"I took a couple of pictures and I got about three or four frames of her ... and as I turned and walked away she came up behind me, grabbed the back of my black skivvy (sweatshirt) and tore it down the back," he said. "As she did this she fell over, she fell to the ground. At no stage did I touch her or speak with her."

Bjork said nothing during the confrontation, but her companion pleaded with her to stop, Jeffrey said.

The Herald's Web site reported later that neither the newspaper nor Jeffrey plans to file charges against Bjork, and an Auckland police spokesman said it was not investigating the incident.

(Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Eric Beech)


Bjork's airport incident makes world headlines
Alleged attack by Icelandic singer Bjork on photographer Glenn Jeffrey makes international headlines; Jeffrey not commenting

15 January 2008
An altercation involving a photographer from the Herald newspaper and Icelandic singer Bjork has made international entertainment headlines.

Bjork is accused of grabbing Glenn Jeffrey and tearing his shirt during an incident when she arrived at Auckland International Airport on Sunday. She is in Auckland to headline the Big Day Out.

Mr Jeffrey is not commenting about the incident, but has said his phone has been running hot with requests from international media organisations. Details of the alleged attack have been reported extensively around the world, appearing on the front page of the Fox News and New York Post entertainment websites.

The incident comes 12 years after Bjork was filmed lashing out at a journalist at an airport in Thailand.,narts