Photographer for the New Zealand Herald Glenn Jeffrey accused Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk of attacking him at the airport in Auckland in New Zealand yesterday. He said she had attacked him for no good reason and torn his T-shirt.
“I took a couple of pictures and I got about three or four frames of her […] and as I turned and walked away she came up behind me, grabbed the back of my black skivvy [long T-shirt] and tore it down the back,” Jeffery told the New Zealand Herald.
Morgunbladid states that Jeffery is not going to sue, but Auckland police authorities are investigating the case.
According to one of Björk’s closes associates in Iceland, Einar Örn Benediktsson, no statement from her is expected, Fréttabladid reports.
Benediktsson said he had gathered information about the incident and said Jeffery’s version of the story is a simplification. The photographer had apparently followed Björk and the manager of her tour around the airport and not respected their wishes about not being photographed. In the end Jeffery had cornered Björk.
“And when people have been cornered after a 27-hour flight between Iceland and New Zealand they have simply had enough,” Benediktsson said.
This is not the first time that Björk has lashed out at the media. Twelve years ago she attacked a TV reporter at the airport in Bankok after the reporter allegedly harassed Björk and her son. Björk later apologized for the incident.