Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson Arrested Over Alleged Altercation at LAX

Tomlinson, 25, was booked at the LAPD's Pacific Division, where he posted $20,000 bail

One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson was arrested on suspicion of simple battery for allegedly pulling a photographer to the floor at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said Saturday.

Tomlinson, 25, was booked at the LAPD's Pacific Division, where he posted $20,000 bail and was released at 1:32 a.m. Saturday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Airport police were dispatched to the Terminal 4 baggage claim at 8:25 p.m. Friday on a report of a disturbance, LAX police officer Alicia Hernandez said.

"Upon arrival, a police investigation revealed that suspect Tomlinson, of England, traveling with a female companion, was involved in a physical altercation with a photographer," Hernandez said. "Witnesses stated that Tomlinson pulled the photographer to the floor by his legs, causing the victim to fall backwards and strike his back and head on the floor."

The photographer was taken to an area hospital, where his condition was not immediately known, she said.

A female witness began to video record Tomlinson's companion as she attempted to leave. A fight then broke out between the singer's companion and the female witness, Hernandez said.

Tomlinson allegedly tried to take the woman's cell phone by grabbing her wrist, causing her to fall to the floor. During the altercation, the woman was struck in the eye, Hernandez said.

"The female witness and the photographer both filed Private Persons Arrest statements," she said. "The photographer was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The female witness was treated on scene and released."

E News reported Saturday that Tomlinson's lawyer, Martin Singer, told the press the altercation was provoked.

"The paparazzi provoked and caused the altercation that occurred with Louis," Singer told the press, according to E News. "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 has a scheduled March 29 court date in Dept. W90 of the LAX Superior Court, 11701 S. La Cienega Blvd., according to sheriff's records.

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