Mariah Carey Bodyguard Accused Of Assault Against Alleged Obsessed Fan

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Mariah Carey Bodyguard Assault

By Shari Weiss |

Mariah Carey Bodyguard Assault

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Mariah Carey’s bodyguard is being accused of assaulting an allegedly obsessed fan. But the purported victim maintains he’s actually a journalist and had permission to take a selfie with the superstar.

Carey and Lionel Richie started their “All The Hits Tour” last week. The third show took place on Thursday at the Viejas Arena in San Diego. A man named James Pablo claims he was a credentialed reporter at the concert with a backstage pass, which he intended to use to interview the opening act. Pablo alleges that upon seeing Carey, he asked for a selfie and she obliged.

However, he tells TMZ that when he leaned in for the photo, Carey’s bodyguard yanked him away by the lanyard around his neck and dragged him out of the venue. He then sought help from cops and filed a police report accusing the bodyguard of battery. At issue, however, seems to be whether the security guard assaulted an innocent person, or was actually doing his job and protecting the singer from an obsessed fan.

According to the site, Carey’s camp is insisting Pablo was using a fake press pass and actually snuck into the backstage area. Fearing for her safety, they say the bodyguard pulled him away after he allegedly grabbed the songstress’ dress. TMZ published photos of Pablo’s alleged injuries, with the pictures showing a long mark across his neck. In some of the photos, he is wearing a “Mariah” shirt featuring her snapshot.

Carey has made no mention of the incident on social media, but posted on Instagram on Wednesday, “#SanDiego, hope you’re ready for us! See you tomorrow night!! #AllTheHitsTour.” She did not post about the show after it took place. Carey and Richie are next slated to hit the stage in Anaheim on Sunday. Dates are currently scheduled through early September. Earlier this week, Gossip Cop busted a ridiculous and mean-spirited tabloid story that absurdly claimed Carey was “too fat to walk” and having trouble on stage. Gossip Cop has reached out for more information on what exactly went down with Pablo.

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