Chris Martin Arrested After Papparazzi Scuffle

By | July 23, 2003 at 12:00 AM

On the title track of Coldplay’s latest album, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, singer Chris Martin announced, “I’m gonna buy a gun and start a war, if you can tell something worth fighting for.”

It seems like the Brit-rock darling has finally found something worth fighting for and apparently it comes in the form of a papparazzi photographer.

Just when you thought that Chris Martin fit the bill for Britain’s most admirable chum in rock, his reputation has been tarnished after suffering from a sudden bout of violence last Sunday (June 20). Apparently, after Martin enjoyed a peaceful surfing expedition at Australia’s Seven Mile Beach, he noticed a photographer snapping away at his wetsuit as he vacated the water. Coldplay’s fearless leader allegedly demanded that the 47-year-old photographer, John Lister, remove the candid shots from his digital camera, but after the freelancer’s refusal, Martin apparently lost his cool.

We all know Chris is a nice guy, so a little incident like that wouldn’t prompt him to do anything irrational would it? Well apparently old Chrissy-poo flipped out and allegedly tried to smash in the windshield of Lister’s automobile with a rock and was also accused of letting the air out his tires.

Martin was arrested for malicious damage charges although Aussie authorities aren’t allowed to disclose the identity of anyone arrested until they actually appear in court. But according to Australian police authorities the 26-year-old Englishman fits the description for the charge and could face up to five years in prison for the incident. Martin is scheduled to appear in an Australian court on October 8 and the police suspect that the altercation will only set him back a few thousand dollars in damages.

It’s not exactly certain why Chris Martin acted so violently about getting his photo taken, but I guess you can blame it all on a rush of blood to the head.

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