LA Police Chief Better Watch His Step In Hollywood

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LA Police Chief Better Watch His Step In Hollywood

Tue Aug 05, 2008 @ 01:36AM PST

By Eriq Gardner

BrattonlapdNote to celebrities living in Los Angeles: Your police commissioner doesn't like you very much.

That may seem like a strong statement, but it's the only conclusion we can reach after reading this quote from LA Police Chief William Bratton, who doesn't think new laws requiring buffer zones around paparazzi is a good idea:

"If celebrities behave themselves, that solves about 90 percent of the problem," Bratton said. "Britney, the last couple of days, has started wearing clothes again. The paparazzi are leaving town because she's not as interesting when she's not running around without her underwear on."

Poor Britney and Paris.

Between being spotlighted in negative political advertisements and subjected to US Weekly-like scrutiny from Bratton, it hasn't been a good week for the new (or old?) brat pack. Bratton says actress Lindsay Lohan "evidently found a new love life, so she's probably in New York hanging out" and that "God knows" where billionaire heiress Paris Hilton had been. "She's thankfully disappeared from the scene," Bratton said.

Ok, ok, we get it. Celebrities are to blame for paparazzi and no new laws are required.

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