Paparazzi photographers have branded actor Hugh Grant an ‘angry thug’ after a video shows him apparently lashing out at a photographer who was following him through the streets of New York.

Grant was pursued on foot by paparazzi after leaving the Waverley Inn, a celebrity hotspot.

The video, posted on the celebrity website, apparently shows Grant kicking out at a photographer after he had warned paparazzi to ‘back off’.

It is unclear whether the paparazzo plans to take legal action against Grant.

Amateur Photographer (AP) this morning contacted Grant’s lawyers in London to establish whether they had received a lawsuit. AP had yet to receive a comment at the time of writing.

This is the second time in as many years that Grant’s clash with paparazzi has been caught on camera.

In April 2007 the actor was arrested after he was apparently seen attacking a photographer in London with a container of baked beans.

The Crown Prosecution Service decided that the actor should not be charged after it had looked into all of the evidence surrounding the incident.

Library photo credit: Chris Cheesman

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