A pair of photographers is suing supermodel Gisele Bündchen‘s team of three bodyguards, claiming they fired live rounds at them during Bundchen’s wedding to Tom Brady in Costa Rica two years ago. The preliminary “private oral hearing” will occur the same day as the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, April 29.
Yuri Cortez of Agence France-Presse and Rolando Aviles of Costa Rican newspaper Al Dia alleged that they were on public property when bodyguards Miguel Solis, Manuel Valverde and Alexander Rivas forced them onto the couple’s land during their wedding celebration in April 2009. Solis, Valverde and Rivas demanded that the photographers turn over their camera equipment. When the photographers tried to leave, one of the bodyguards is said to have fired at their car, shattering the back window and, according to the Tico Times, “nearly missing Cortez’s head.”
Cortez and Aviles tried to sue Bundchen and Brady in New York in September 2009, saying that they authorized their bodyguards to use live rounds. The state’s Supreme Court threw out the case because the couple didn’t live in New York at the time, but Brady said it wouldn’t have mattered if they had — he told Sports Illustrated the charges were completely trumped up.
“We found two guys on our property, and we told them to get out,” he said. “Our security guys didn’t even have guns. There were no shots fired.”
Judging from this photo of Cortez and Aviles’ car, though, it looks like someone took aim at them. We plan on keeping an eye on the trial and will update the story as more information becomes available.
Gisele & Tom Brady’s Bodyguards To Face Judge For Alleged 2009 Wedding Shooting [HuffPo]
Tom Brady is Back [Sports Illustrated]
Bodyguards Involved In Brady-Bündchen Wedding Shooting In Costa Rica Will Go To Trial [Inside Costa Rica]
Trial date set for bodyguards at Brady-Bündchen Costa Rica wedding [Tico Times]