Lindsay, Cameron, Halle unite to fight paparazzi -- The stars have persuaded the LAPD to probe ''hyper-aggressive'' photographers whose tactics pose safety threats

Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz, Halle Berry, and some other stars believe they’ve uncovered a conspiracy. The alleged conspirators: the especially aggressive paparazzi who they say have hounded them recently, resulting in incidents like the one last week, in which a photographer was arrested on suspicion of intentionally ramming Lohan’s car with his minivan. According to the New York Times, these celebs have spurred the Los Angeles police and prosecutors to launch a criminal probe targeting paparazzi and at least five photo agencies that employ them, a probe that could lead to felony conspiracy charges.

Stars are loath to complain to police about paparazzi, either out of respect for free speech rights or fear of public ridicule. ”The last thing you want to sound like is a crybaby,” Berry told the Times. ”I do understand the First Amendment and I understand the right of the paparazzi. I think the problem is they are crossing the line.”

Also on the list of complaining stars is Justin Timberlake, who has claimed on more than one occasion that he and Diaz were ambushed on the street by violent photographers, and Reese Witherspoon, who complained recently to police that photographers had boxed her in with their cars as she tried to leave her gym, then chased her all the way home. ”After last month, I feel the boundaries are slipping,” Witherspoon told the Times. ”It’s starting to feel chaotic and lawless.” Said Diaz, ”In the last few years, it’s gotten to the point where you literally cannot walk outside your front gate without being literally attacked.”

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office sees these paparazzi tactics as public safety threats. ”The concern is that because of these hyper-aggressive tactics on the part of the paparazzi, someone is going to get hurt or killed,” said prosecutor William W. Hodgman.

”We’re going to take it as far as we can,” Los Angeles police detective Jeff Dunn said of the investigation, adding that the probe could ultimately lead to charges against photo agencies and the magazines that buy their work. One photo agency owner said he wasn’t too worried. ”We obey the law and we work really professionally,” said Boris Nizon, whose Fame Pictures employs Galo Ramirez, the paparazzo who collided with Lohan’s car. ”It was an accident,” Nizon said of the crash. ”If somebody is responsible for the whole thing, it’s most likely Lindsay, who has nearly one a month, an accident.”