Coldplay's Martin Accused of Attack
04/02/2004 AT 03:29 PM EST
Martin reportedly was leaving a restaurant with wife actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who is pregnant, when he allegedly pushed a photographer who had been snapping pictures of the two as they dined.
Photographer Alessandro Copetti claims he was taking pictures of the couple outside the restaurant when Martin kicked him from behind. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police department confirmed that it was looking into the incident, only saying that "an allegation about an attack" was made. No further information was available.
But a spokesman for Martin tells a different story, claiming to the BBC that Copetti became "very aggressive" in trying to snap a picture of the couple together.
"Chris's sole concern was to ensure that Gwyneth got into the cab safely and was not impeded or harassed in any way," the spokesman said. Paltrow is pregnant with the couple's first child.
According to Martin's spokesman, Paltrow had left the restaurant first and the singer was following the taxi to make sure she was okay, and Copetti tripped.
This is not the first time Martin has been accused of attacking a paparazzo. Last year the singer was charged with malicious damage after he allegedly went after a photog's car in Australia. However, those charges were dropped.
Paltrow and Martin were married at a secret ceremony in Santa Barbara, Calif., in December.