NEW YORK (Reuters) - News agency Agence France Presse and two photographers sued NFL star Tom Brady and his supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen over an incident in which they allege the couple’s bodyguards fired on the photographers.
The plaintiffs seek at least $1 million in damages from the New England Patriots quarterback and his wife after bodyguards shot at the photographers at the couple’s after-wedding party at Bundchen’s holiday home in Costa Rica.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday, blamed Bundchen and Brady for negligence and carelessness.
After taking photographs of the event, the photographers were approached by bodyguards who demanded their cameras and memory cards, the suit said. When the photographers refused, the incident escalated, and one of the bodyguards opened fire with a pistol at the photographers’ vehicle, the suit said.
One of the shots struck and shattered the rear window of the photographers’ vehicle, hit the front windshield and ricocheted off it into the driver’s seat, the suit said. It narrowly missed the heads of photographers Yuri Cortez and Rolando Aviles, who are both citizens of Costa Rica.
Cortez and Aviles have incurred expenses for medical care and treatment, medicines, nursing services, physical therapy and other treatment, the suit said.
Representatives for Bundchen and Brady were not immediately available to comment.
Reporting by Martinne Geller; Editing by Daniel Trotta and Vicki Allen