This astonishing footage captures Louis Tomlinson furiously accosting a photographer then wrestling a female fan to the floor as she brawled with his girlfriend before he was arrested at Los Angeles Airport.
Louis, 25, was booked for simple battery on Friday night after he became enraged by paparazzi taking pictures of him and girlfriend Eleanor Calder.
As he challenged one photographer, Eleanor became embroiled in a fight with a fan who was taking pictures with her phone by the wall of the airport lobby.
Rage: This is the moment Louis accosts a photographer after he takes pictures of the star and his girlfriend
‘Stop taking pictures’: Furious Louis appears to grab the snapper in a bid to make him stop
Up close: The star then leans into the face of the photographer to let him know how he feels
Louis rushed to her aid and wrestled the fan to the floor to break up the fight.
The footage begins with the One Direction star grabbing photographer Karl Larssen’s camera as he took photos of him and Eleanor at baggage reclaim.
Louis tells him to stop taking pictures but he carries on. The pair then appear to struggle before Louis trips and brings the photographer down with him.
Louis then sees his girlfriend being pinned against a wall by female fans and shouts ‘What the hell is happening? Can we get some help?’.
Defiant: The photographer ignores Louis and continues to take photos of his girlfriend
Bust-up: As the photographer moves through the airport, Louis then appears to fall into him
Collision: As Louis tries to run to help his girlfriend who was in a fight with a fan, he trips into the snapper
Man down: The photographer falls on to the floor and holds his head in agony after the collision
Duty-bound: Louis doesn’t stop to see if he is OK because he is so keen to help his girlfriend
Get away from my girlfriend: Louis grabs the fan (in the grey top) around the midriff before taking her down. Louis’ girlfriend (in a blue tracksuit) is pushed against the wall
Brawl: This is the moment Louis wrestles the female fan (in the grey top) away from his girlfriend (in the blue tracksuit)
He rushes over to help Eleanor, grabs one of the fans by the midriff and pulls her to the floor as onlookers can be heard screaming in panic.
Airport security staff then intervene and prise Louis away from the fan, pulling off his blue hoody in the process.
The fan, who was wearing a grey top and later claimed Louis ‘socked her’, continues screaming at the singer as she rapidly stands up from the floor.
Security staff then come between the furious fan and Louis as he walks into the corner of the room with Eleanor.
Pulled apart: Members of security staff grab Louis and prise him away from the fan who is on the floor in the grey top
Altercation: Louis’ hoody is pulled off as the security staff pull him away and the fan stands up yelling
Aftermath: Furious Louis follows his girlfriend to the corner of the room after the bust-up
Fury: The singer looks back at the female fan who fought with his girlfriend as he goes to check on her
THE MATCHING TRACKSUITS THAT ARE WORTH ALMOST £1,100 A POP
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Louis Tomlinson and Eleanor Calder picked up their matching outfits in the sale at JD Sports, given the store’s association with tracksuits.
In reality, however, the hoodie and track pant set is designed by a super-expensive French brand and would have cost the pop star and his girlfriend closer to £1,100 a pop.
Tomlinson’s Champion x Vetements top would have set him back about £560 alone, while the matching bottoms retail at around £525.
Tomlinson’s Champion x Vetements top would have set him back about £560 alone, while the matching bottoms retail at around £525
Eleanor’s hoody, more tapered than her boyfriend’s, would have cost in the region of £435 (pictured: a similar garment)
The garments were designed by brand-of-the-moment Vetements, which is famed for charging sky-high prices for normcore clothing such as tracksuits.
Despite charging the earth for the simplest of clothing, the French make – headed by designer Demna Gvasalia – boasts a host of celebrity fans.
Kanye West, a good friend of the brand designer Gvasalia, and Rihanna are among those to be spotted sporting the make.
Kendall Jenner and Selena Gomez are also fans, as is Kim Kardashian, who was once photographed wearing matching Vetements dresses with daughter North West.
The garments were designed by brand-of-the-moment Vetements, which is famed for charging sky-high prices for normcore clothing such as tracksuits
Louis was later arrested and booked for simple battery. He was released on $20,000 bail but is due to appear in court in Los Angeles on March 29.
He was taken to LA police station following the incident and his official arrest record indicates that he was apprehended at 11.45pm on Friday and released at 1.32am on Saturday morning.
The document also shows Louis, originally from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, was ordered to pay $20,000 bail – but he was released without having to pay it.
Arrested: Louis Tomlinson, 25, was led away by police officers at Los Angeles Airport
‘Socked’: This is the fan who claimed Louis Tomlinson threw her to the floor and ‘socked’ her
‘He’s going to jail’: This is the moment the fan smiled as she said she would press charges
It also indicates that the star, who is believed to be worth £40million, is due to appear in court on March 29 later this month.
Talking about the altercation, photographer Mr Larssen told the police: ‘He was actually smaller than me, but he got my leg and then I was off balance.
‘He lunged for the camera then he lifted up my leg and then he hit me and I hit my own head.’
Upset: Louis looked forlorn as he was escorted from the airport with his hand in the pocket of his blue hoody
Fuming: The One Direction star appeared distressed as he walked from the airport escorted by police
Fan girl: This the woman (right) who claims that Louis threw her to the floor and hit her at baggage reclaim
Chatting: The young woman talked to her friend as they say down near police after the altercation
Forlorn: Louis’s girlfriend Eleanor looked upset as she was escorted from the airport by police
Eyes down: Eleanor refused to look at cameras as she kept her hat covering her face
Questioning: Louis was taken aside by police who wanted to ask him a few questions at the aiport
Heading off: Louis was escorted by police with his hood up and his hands in his pockets
Louis’ lawyer Martin Singer told MailOnline: ‘The paparazzi provoked and caused the altercation that occurred with Louis. It’s not the first time that a paparazzi has created an altercation with a celebrity.
‘While the altercation was going on with the paparazzi, three other individuals were attacking his girlfriend during this incident and he came to her defence.’
Footage has also emerged of the fan who claimed Louis her was smiling as she revealed her intentions to put the One Direction star in jail after the altercation.
Sad: The One Direction singer, who has recently been working on solo music, left the airport looking down
Concerned: Louis looked through a window at the airport, perhaps looking for his other half
Checking up on her: The star appeared to have been questioned separately from Eleanor
Feeling blue: Louis and Eleanor were wearing matching blue tracksuits when the incident happened
Watching on: Young fans of Louis watched as he was escorted through the airport by police
The clip begins with the fan sitting in the airport with her friend answering police questions.
She says: ‘I was with the girl over here, I had the phone here.’
When the policeman asks her which girl, she clarifies: ‘The girlfriend, the one with the blue jacket.’
The footage then shows the fan appearing to speak to a friend on the phone while answering further questions about the incident.
Look at my scar: The fan who fought with Louis’ girlfriend showed off her injuries outside the airport
Free: Louis was released from jail at Los Angeles Police Pacific Division Department station. He is pictured being driven from the station
Station: This is the police station where Louis was taken after his arrest on Friday night
Safety first: Louis made sure to buckle his seatbelt, having put himself in enough danger for one night
I’ll wait in the car: Eleanor got in the back seat after being let go by police at LAX after being questioned
Take me home: Louis looked a little happier as he was driven away after the ordeal
Released: Louis sat in the front seat of the car as he was driven away from the police station
Discussions: There was a heavy police presence at the airport in the wake of the incident
Questions: The friend of the fan who claims she was hit by Louis spoke with police
Talking into her phone, the smiling young woman says ‘hey where you at?’
She then notices she’s being filmed, turns to the camera with a grin and says: ‘Yeah I’m gonna press charges’.
When asked what happened, she laughs and says: ‘The guy socked me.’
After walking outside she adds: ‘Yeah he’s going to go to jail.
Talks: Police continued to discuss the incident after the One Direction star was arrested
Hoods up: The pair both left the airport the hoods of their matching outfits covering their heads
Explanation: It appeared that one police officer was describing the incident to her colleage
On duty: Police officers stand by the door to baggage claim at LAX airport
Tired: Eleanor yawned as she left the airport after being questioned by police
Talking about how the fight with Eleanor started, the fan continues: ‘She just pulled my phone, we started fighting, then the guy just grabbed me and threw me to the floor and he socked me and that’s it.’
The camera then zooms in on a small cut above her left eye as she closes it to show the damage.
The clip then shows Louis being escorted from the airport by police.
Since appearing in the video footage, the fan has been tracked down online and bombarded with death threats, causing her to delete her social media accounts.
Ouch: One of the fans seen in the video embroiled in the altercation has claimed she was also a victim, announcing: ‘He [Louis] socked me. He’s going to go to jail’
Papped off! Louis Tomlinson was arrested after getting caught in airport bust-up with photographers at LAX
Rekindled romance: The couple (pictured together) had just arrived at in Los Angeles after enjoying a holiday in Las Vegas
Stars were in shock after the footage emerged, with Late Late Show producer Ben Winston, who has directed a number of One Direction music videos, tweeting: ‘Shocked @Louis_Tomlinson was arrested. Vid clearly shows he pulls 2 girls off his gf & a pap trips. Even asks staff for help.Wrongful arrest (sic).’
Arrest: The official record shows Louis was apprehended at 11.45pm on Friday night
‘Upset’: The One Direction start was said to have been very unhappy when then photographer did not put his camera down
Young couple: Louis and Eleanor, pictured together in 2013, recently got back together
Eleanor (pictured with Louis in 2013), 24, is thought to have got involved in an argument with onlookers who began filming the row
Louis’ Just Hold On collaborator Steve Aoki tweeted: ‘Wish the paparazzi respected personal space’
Late Late Show producer Ben Winston tweeted about the incident
Louis’ Just Hold On collaborator Steve Aoki tweeted: ‘Wish the paparazzi respected personal space. U can still do your job withou having to put your camera literally in someone’s face (sic).’
A source told TMZ: ‘Louis was really upset. After being filmed he told the snapper to stop, but he didn’t take kindly to the request.
‘The row turned into a scuffle causing airport security to pull them apart.’
A female witness also revealed that two other women got involved in the altercation after Louis’ other half Eleanor told them to stop recording the fight on their phones.
Global superstars: Louis Tomlinson (far right) joined One Direction in 2010 and is believed to be worth £40million
Airport drama: He had just landed at LAX Airport after flying from Las Vegas, Nevada, with his girlfriend
She said: ‘While the altercation was going on with the paparazzi, three other individuals were attacking his girlfriend during this incident and he came to her defence.’
Both the X Factor star and the photographer in question have been booked under citizen’s arrest.
It is not clear whether Louis’ girlfriend, who he previously dated for four years until March 2015, was arrested.
Louis and Eleanor rekindled their romance last week when they re-followed each other on Instagram.
The pair went on to enjoy a holiday in Jamaica together which was first revealed by Louis’ younger sister Phoebe.
A fan then took to Instagram to confirm that she had bumped into Louis with his ‘girlfriend’ at the airport.
Happier times: The pair, who he previously dated for four years until March 2015, cosying up together at a fashion show in 2013
Explosive: A One Direction fan has claimed Louis Tomlinson accidentally ‘socked her in the face’ and knocked her to the ground during an ‘altercation’ at LAX airport on Friday night