Published Jan 14, 2008Bjork got scrappy in the name of privacy at the international airport in Auckland after a New Zealand Herald photographer snapped a few unwanted shots of the eccentric singer. Scheduled to perform at the Big Day Out Festival on Friday, Bjork arrived in New Zealand at 7:50am on Sunday, January 13 when photographer Glen Jeffrey ignored a request made by Bjork's male companion to refrain from taking any pictures.
According to Jeffrey, "I took a couple of pictures and I got about three or four frames of her and as I turned and walked away she came up behind me, grabbed the back of my black skivvy and tore it down the back."
He continues, "As she did this she fell over, she fell to the ground. At no stage did I touch her or speak with her."
Apparently Jeffery also pleaded, "B, don't do this" while Bjork "declared independence" on his shirt (the aforementioned black skivvy). However, there is no mention of what good he thought abbreviating the name of his assailant would do.
No stranger to physically defending her privacy, Bjork famously attacked a British journalist in Thailand in 1996, also after a long flight (see below for video).
Though Jeffery also stated to the Auckland police, "I don't see being assaulted as I'm working as a press photographer as an acceptable thing," neither he nor the newspaper plan to lay charges against Bjork. In addition, the Auckland police have expressed no plans to investigate.
Bjork attacks reporter in Thailand (1996)