Scarlett Johansson Releases Statement Following Paparazzi Scare: ‘Even After Princess Diana’s Tragic Death Laws Were Never Changed To Protect Targets’

Scarlett Johansson suffered a paparazzi scare after filming “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Monday night.

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The actress was said to have been taken to the Los Angeles Police Hollywood station after leaving the taping of the late-night show with two other people, NBC Los Angeles claimed. Capt. Steve Lurie confirmed that the actress was not driving, but that she believed the paps were “following her in a dangerous fashion” and she was frightened.

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Johansson was said to have made it home safely after stopping for a while. No charges were filed and the star was not injured.

A spokesperson for the LAPD has since told ET, “Last night Scarlett Johansson was at ‘Jimmy Kimmel’. At some point in time, the paparazzi overpowered her security and for her security reasons and for her security team, they were taken to the Hollywood police station. At that point, she was later able to leave the station. There was no crime report taken. She was just a little spiffed.”

The spokesperson noted that he was not aware as to how long Johansson was at the police station before she left.

Johansson addressed the paparazzi scare in a statement obtained by ET Canada. “The paparazzi consistently go to increasingly dangerous lengths to stalk and harass the people they are photographing,” she said. “Even after Princess Diana’s tragic death, the laws were never changed to protect targets from the lawless paparazzi. Many paparazzi have criminal pasts and will perform criminal acts to get their shot.”

“Yesterday, after leaving ‘Jimmy Kimmel [Live]’, I was followed by five cars full of men with blacked out windows who were running red lights and putting other drivers and pedestrians at risk so they could follow me to find out where I was staying and subsequently stalk me and my young daughter for the duration of my stay,” she continued. “The paparazzi put people’s lives at risk, so they can wait for days in quiet neighbourhoods in blacked out cars, and try to follow me to the playground and photograph my child and other people’s children in a safe place that should be off limits, but isn’t.”

“All of this is perfectly legal,” Johansson noted. “After yesterday’s incident, I felt it was my duty as a concerned citizen who was being pursued dangerously and stalked to go to the local precinct and seek guidance there. I would encourage others in a similar situation to go to the police. Women across the US are stalked, harassed and frightened and a universal law to address stalking must be at the forefront of law enforcement conversations.”

The actress concluded, “Until paparazzi are considered by the law for the criminal stalkers they are, it’s just a waiting game before another person gets seriously injured or killed, like Princess Diana.”

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Johansson and her “Avengers: Endgame” co-stars have been busy promoting the upcoming flick, which is set to hit theatres April 26.

ET Canada has reached out to Johansson’s rep for comment.

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