Cameraman claims Lenny Kravitz tape was stolen
27 June 2005AMSTERDAM — A cameraman has lodged a criminal complaint alleging footage he shot of pop star Lenny Kravitz in Amsterdam was taken from him and destroyed by one of the pop star's bodyguards.
27 June 2005
AMSTERDAM — A cameraman has lodged a criminal complaint alleging footage he shot of pop star Lenny Kravitz in Amsterdam was taken from him and destroyed by one of the pop star's bodyguards.
Freelance cameraman Frank Buis spotted Kravitz and his daughter Zoë as the performer was leaving a gym in the centre of the Dutch capital on 26 June.
Buis said he decided to shoot some film to sell to a Dutch celebrity news programme but Kravitz objected.
He took some more footage after the singer had turned his back, something he says annoyed Kravitz further.
He claimed Kravitz turned to attack him and was joined by a bodyguard and a third unknown person. "They were very aggressive and I had the choice of handing over the tape or being beaten up," Buis said. The tape was destroyed and Kravitz and his party left.
Buis immediately called the police but Kravitz had left before the hotel Dylan where he was staying before they arrived.
Police looked for potential witnesses and it is now up to prosecutors to decide if there is sufficient reason to take the case further, a police spokesperson said.
Kravitz was in the Netherlands for a concert in Nijmegen and he left the country after it ended. The police did not detain him to avoid disrupting the concert and because there was no further evidence against him.
Buis says he wants EUR 5,000 damages which he will donate to Greenpeace.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news