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Nicole Kidman granted restraining orders against paparazzi

UPI News Service, 01/27/2005 

Actress Nicole Kidman has been granted a restraining order against two paparazzi who she claims left her afraid to leave her home in Australia.

The Oscar-winner sought the order against photographers Jamie Fawcett and Ben McDonald after a bugging device was found outside her Sydney home earlier this week, the BBC reported Thursday. Lawyers for the pair denied planting the bug.

Kidman, in Sydney to film "Eucalyptus," with Russell Crowe, took the action after a reported high-speed car chase with members of the paparazzi in Sydney.

Local media reported paparazzi drove through red lights and on the wrong side of the road in pursuit of Kidman's vehicle. Fawcett and McDonald deny they took part in the chase.

Police advised Kidman to seek the "apprehended violence" orders, which are normally used in Australia in domestic violence cases.

Magistrate Lee Gilmore, who issued the restraining order in Sydney, said she realizes the photographers are entitled to earn a living but there must be limits to their behavior.

"Miss Kidman says she's willing to put up with some of it, but it's gone beyond that," she said. "I do believe the allegation in relation to the driving is a serious issue."

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