Hugh Jackman’s security clashes with paparazzo at Brisbane airport

December 4, 2015

Jorge Branco

Map of Australia with Queensland highlighted

Hugh Jackman in Broadway to Oz.

Hugh Jackman in Broadway to Oz. Photo: James Morgan

A scuffle has broken out between Qantas security and a paparazzo over the airline’s new global ambassador, superstar Hugh Jackman.

The “Boy From Oz” flew into Brisbane Airport on Friday night on a Qantas Boeing 737-800 from Sydney with his 10-year-old daughter, Ava.

But when the movie and musical star disembarked he was greeted by a photographer waiting in the arrivals/departures area, a fellow passenger said.

Media usually wait for celebrities in the arrivals lounge but it’s understood that it’s not uncommon for paparazzi to try access to the next area to get an exclusive shot.

The witness, who didn’t want to be named, said security flanking Jackman as he exited gate 21 just after 7pm (AEST) objected to the photographer trying to get too close to the X-Men star.

He said pushing and shoving broke out when two yellow-vested security staff attempted to keep the paparazzi away before the photographer ran off to try and head Jackman off further along his route.

A Qantas spokeswoman confirmed the scuffle took place.

The Golden Globe, Emmy and Tony Award winner is no stranger to paparazzi both in and out of airports.

Qantas brought him on board as the company’s global ambassador in September to “promote Australia on the world stage”.

“I travel a lot and like all Aussies, I get a buzz whenever I see the familiar red tail and the kangaroo logo, no matter where I am in the world. Qantas is great airline with great people and represents the very best of our wonderful country,” Jackman said at the time.

The Aussie showman is in Brisbane for the third leg of his Broadway to Oz arena tour on Saturday and Sunday night.

Source : Brisbane Times

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