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 The photographer claimed Garrett
broke his camera, but continued to hold it up as if he was still

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

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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