Nicole Richie granted restraining order

17 Nov 2009

Court sides with socialite over paparazzi crash

LIONEL RICHIE's socialite daughter NICOLE has been granted a permanent restraining order against two members of the paparazzi who allegedly caused her car collision in October.

The new mum appeared in court to appeal for the order in Los Angeles on Monday and admitted she was "hysterically crying" after the crash.

Richie, who took to the stand despite feeling unwell, told Judge Carol Boas Goodson that both Eduardo Arrivabene and Ivon Miguel had been tailing her vehicle prior to the accident.

Her partner Joel Madden also testified against the pair and confirmed that Richie was extremely distressed following the crash.

Before granting the restraining order, Judge Goodson expressed concern over the situation Richie found herself in, stating, "The court is extremely concerned about future accidents."

The court order, which will remain in effect until 16 November 2012, ensures the two photographers stay 50 yards away from Richie and her vehicle, as well as her children, Harlow and Sparrow, or any car they are travelling in.

Arrivabene was arrested and charged with driving without a license immediately after the accident. He has since been released on $1,225 bail.