"I thought this was going to be my last job."
- Celeb gossip photographer Rolando Aviles
This minor detail was, for some reason, left out of mainstream media reports of the decadent Tom Brady-Gisele Bundchen wedding in Costa Rica Saturday: a pair of paparazzi say they “narrowly escaped death” after being shot at.
Bundchen’s security guards apparently fired at celeb gossip photographers outside her beachside wedding to the New England Patriots quarterback. No one was reported hurt in the incident, but Costa Rica police are investigating.
“Are they insane?” asked photographer, who was covering the wedding for INF Daily. “I could have lost my life for the sake of some pictures Gisele didn’t want published. I couldn’t believe it when I realized what they had done.”
According to spokesmen for the celebrity photo and news agency, the shutterbugs were hiding in the brush near Gisele Bundchen’s estate taking some pictures when they were accosted by the newlyweds’ security guards.
The photographers, Cortez and Rolando Aviles, were marched up to Bundchen’s villa, where they were ordered to surrender photos and video. Bundchen had a deal with a Brazilian magazine for exclusive rights to the wedding pics.
They refused and fled with the security guards in hot pursuit.
Cortez and Aviles ran to a waiting SUV and jumped in as a guard fired a shot at them, the photo agency said. The bullet shattered the Suzuki’s rear window, passed between the two men in the front seat and bounced off the windshield.
“No one was hurt, but one of their cars was messed up,” the INF spokesman said. The agency posted pictures of a photographer standing by an SUV with a shattered back windshield. A second image shows a photographer holding a bullet.
It is unclear if Mr. and Mrs. Brady and their guests knew about the incident, but it gives new meaning to the term "shotgun wedding." Or maybe "38mm wedding."