Lorde Accuses Photographer of Stalking Her, Admits She’s Scared

By Shannon Carlin

Lorde took to Twitter over the weekend to take a photographer to task. But it wasn’t for an unflattering photo, instead she’s claiming the photog is stalking her.

In the tweet, Lorde posts a photo of Simon Runt and writes, “this man has been stalking me, photographing me and refusing me privacy. i am scared of him. he frequents central akl (Auckland).”

The teen went on to write several other tweets that stated, “this should not be an accepted standard for young women or anyone in this industry” and “i refuse to stay complicit and i refuse to stay passive about men systematically subjecting me to extreme fear.”

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Lorde later defended her choice to chastise the photographer publicly, writing, “i understand this comes with the territory. i do not understand why i should be complacent.”

She also tweeted a link to his Facebook and another message that accuses the photographer of taking photos of Rihanna while she was in New Zealand that appear to be taken with a telephoto lens. Rihanna actually called out the same photographer last year on her Instagram, captioning the photo, “I hate these ni—z more than the Nazi,” quoting lyrics about the paparazzi from Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights.” She later removed the photo.

This is not the first time Lorde criticized those in the media. Recently the “Royal” singer questioned why publications put musicians on their covers and then give their albums bad reviews. The rant was spurred by Complex’s middling review of Iggy Azalea’s debut, The New Classic, who appeared on their cover last year.





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