Parachuting Paparazzi Gets 5 Days in Jail for Crashing Taylor Wedding
SOLVANG, Calif. (AP) _ A parachuting paparazzi who crashed Elizabeth Taylor’s October wedding with a helmet-mounted video camera was sentenced to five days in jail.
Scott Harris, 34, also was fined $1,000 on Friday and was ordered to perform 80 hours of community service. He will be on probation for two years.
″I didn’t expect anything like that,″ said Harris, 34, a free-lance photographer. He had pleaded no contest to trespassing and said he expected only a $350 fine.
Harris, was scheduled to begin serving sentence Tuesday at the Santa Barbara County jail, but said he plans to appeal the sentence Monday.
Harris said he was offered more than $300,000 by some tabloid publications to carry a video camera and invade the outdoor wedding at singer Michael Jackson’s secluded ranch about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Harris said he landed about 30 feet behind seated guests, then was tackled by security guards, handcuffed and turned over to sheriff’s deputies. His camera equipment failed.
Prosecutors said he endangered wedding participants and guests. The judge said his sentence was based on Harris’ attempt to cash in on the wedding by violating the privacy rights of others.
Miss Taylor, 59, married Larry Fortensky, 39. It was her eighth marriage and Fortensky’s third.