Charges Dropped Against Actor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors say Brad Garrett was provoked
into pushing a paparazzo and charges won't be pressed.

The Emmy-winning actor was shown pushing a man with a video
camera and challenging him to a fight in a video posted last month
on celebrity gossip site TMZ.com. The photographer claimed Garrett
broke his camera, but continued to hold it up as if he was still
shooting.

The confrontation occurred outside a restaurant in West
Hollywood. The former "Everybody Loves Raymond" actor, who more
recently starred in the Fox sitcom "'Til Death," was not
arrested.

A charge evaluation report released Friday by the Los Angeles
County district attorney's office says the paparazzo used "hostile
and derogatory language" to try to provoke a violent outburst.

The report states that the 48-year-old Garrett pushing the
photographer amounted to minimal contact and "the interests of
justice" do not support pursuing a misdemeanor battery charge.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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