(LOS ANGELES) — Miley Cyrus believes there’s a lesson to be learned from the death of a paparazzo who was fatally struck by a car Tuesday while attempting to snap pictures of Justin Bieber’s Ferrari after it was pulled over in Los Angeles.
Cyrus tweeted on Wednesday, “Hope this paparazzi/JB accident brings on some changes in ’13 Paparazzi are dangerous! Wasn’t Princess Di enough of a wake up call?!”
She said no one should blame Bieber for the accident. She continued, “This was bound to happen! Your mom teaches u when your a child not to play in the street! The chaos that comes with the paparazzi acting like fools makes it impossible for anyone to make safe choices.”
Bieber, who wasn’t in the car at the time of the accident, released a statement Wednesday, saying, “While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim.”
He added, “Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders, and the photographers themselves.”
TMZ.com has reported that rapper Lil Twist was behind the wheel of Bieber’s Ferrari at the time of the incident. The paparazzo hasn’t been named by authorities.
Paparazzi have had many dangerous run-ins with Bieber, including a high-speed chase last July that led to the arrest of a photographer. At the time, Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine said Bieber was to blame and deserved to be arrested.
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