Jessica Simpson's Pal Injured by Paparazzi
11/02/2008 AT 04:25 PM EST
As the friends exited the restaurant, photographers swarmed the singer, 28. Paves stepped in to protect Simpson when a pap struck him in the face with a camera. An observer tells PEOPLE that the injury was an accident.
"Everyone was pushing each other to get a picture of Jessica," a source tells PEOPLE.
With blood running down his face, the two got into their vehicle, and Paves was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center according to a source. No police charges have been filed.
A call to Paves was not returned.
Reporting by K.C. BAKER, HOWARD BREUER and PERNILLA CEDENHEIM
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