News Kanye West is a suspect in another battery investigation after he allegedly punched an 18-year-old boy for hurling racial abuse at his fiancée, Kim Kardashian.

West is already facing charges of battery after a separate altercation with a photographer, Daniel Ramos, at LAX Airport last summer

Travel: Tony Blair deserves a holiday. In Tuscany the paparazzi should clean his pool, clip the hedge and dry his tomatoes

Tony Blair will soon be off to Tuscany for his holiday to remind himself of what life is really all about. Let's hope that he doesn't get too many interruptions by the swimming pool from besuited men carrying mobile phones on silver platters, and that Italian communists angry about his hawk-like stance in the recent war allow him to enjoy at least a couple of half-decent restaurant meals in peace with his family. Otherwise he is going to come back with the tank just as empty as before he went away.

The Damage: Fiona McClymont uncovers the cost of the high and low life of a paparazzo

A picture is worth a thousand words, so they say. The right picture at the right time could also be worth enormous sums of money. With one photo, a paparazzo can earn what more serious photojournalists would struggle to earn in a year or more. Although the public professes to hate the paparazzi, our insatiable desire for photos of the stars at play keeps the men behind the lenses in plentiful employment. No longer limited to a flashbulb and a Lambretta (as was the character Paparazzo in Fellini's La Dolce Vita, from which the name derives), paparazzi have access to increasingly sophisticated equipment and will often follow their targets for days or weeks. According to a leading paparazzo based in LA, who agreed to spill the beans only in return for anonymity (threatening me with photos of myself hanging out my undies if his identity is revealed), the cost of staking out a major star until the picture has been obtained, works out like this.

Getting a thrill from the daily grind

I DID A thorough check at the office of births, marriages and deaths - and found nothing.

Diana crash: 'No criminal charges'

The investigation into the car crash which killed Diana, Princess of Wales, has concluded that no one involved should face criminal charges, it was claimed last night. The official report, at the end of a 16-month inquiry, is said to have absolved staff at the Ritz Hotel in Paris of any blame and lifted manslaughter charges against nine French press photographers.

Hollywood stars gain legal right to privacy

WHETHER THEY woke up to the New Year with their spouses, their secret lovers or their dogs, Hollywood celebrities could take comfort yesterday in the introduction of a controversial new California law, giving them greater leeway to prosecute paparazzi snooping on their private moments.

Lew Grade rides off into an art director's sunset

LEW GRADE, the last great showbiz mogul of the 20th century, was buried at 4pm yesterday against a picture-perfect winter sunset straight from central casting. Jet aircraft drew white lines like a credit sequence across the sky of icy blue, while long elegiac clouds were touched with vivid reds and golds.

The princes and the call girls

It was the case with everything: high-class hookers, Hollywood stars and a small-time crook out of his depth. Toute la France sat in judgement. Now it awaits a verdict. By John Lichfield

Was it grief or was it glee?

At Diana's death, many discovered the secret thrill of breaking bad news

After Diana: The Media - Drinking in the last chance saloon

After Diana: The media attacks on the media which followed Diana's death forced some restraint, but is it really now business as usual?

And now for an A N Wilson - but don't try this at home

`How do you know what to write about?' they ask, as if writing a column involved thinking!

All Monica wanted was a shortcut

Kneepads and Chapstick are as valid as high heels and breast implants in the LA survival kit

Film: What's the boy playing at?

Christian Bale was a Spielberg child star at 13. But he decided not to slide into the usual destructive spiral of drink, drugs and self- loathing. Interesting move

Letter: The best yobs

Sir: Your article on French law relating to English football supporters (Law, 19 June) misses a central point. In France, most of those accused of crimes are imprisoned while an investigating magistrate considers whether they should be charged. This can go on for years and applies to both "white- collar" and to other offences. Recently, the head of the railways, the SNCF, was put in prison pending fraud charges and a British lorry driver was held for two years on suspicion of drug trafficking before being released. This makes provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act look mild.


Donatella Flick, 45, is the daughter of a Ossetian-Russian prince and an Italian mother. A former Olympic gymnast, she is now a great supporter of the arts, and founder of the biennial Donatella Flick Conducting Competition. Two years ago, she went through a much-publicised divorce from the Daimler- Benz heir Gert-Rudolf Flick; they have a son, Sebastian, aged nine. Valery Gergiev, 45, possibly the world's most sought-after conductor, was born in Ossetia, southern Russia. He is director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg (home of the Kirov Opera and Ballet), and principal guest conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, New York. He is frequently called St Petersburg's most eligible bachelor

why are they famous?

MAIN CLAIM: Skilfully managing to look at a camera while embracing her boyfriend, John Major's son. This week, Emma has announced her engagement, and explained "the excitement of her romance" to Hullo! magazine. What about the excitement of her new publicist, vastly enhanced career prospects and daily photo opportunities? Emma and fiancee are instant Nineties-style micro-celebs, suddenly an inescapable presence at awards ceremonies, photo shoots and wherever else the tabloids hang out. Oh, the joys of cut-the- dotted-line celebrity - see also Della "Anthea's Rival" Bovey, Maureen the crap driver, and Tara T-P. There's a new one born every fortnight.
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