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The LA County Sheriff Department has just given us the following statement regarding the two incidents of photogs being harassed by surfers in Malibu this past weekend:

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department is currently investigating reports of 2 incidents that involve photographers and beach goers in Malibu on Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22. As these reports include pending investigations, the City of Malibu cannot comment on these reports.

    The City of Malibu is home to approximately 13,000 residents and hosts over 15 million visitors per year. The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department has been receiving increased reports of paparazzi complaints that include traffic violations, blocking sidewalks and driveways outside of businesses and homes, activities around local schools; and other acts that have posed a potential threat to public safety.

    In May, the City Council of Malibu consented to have Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich work with Pepperdine Dean Kenneth Starr and other constitutional law experts on a pro bono basis to carefully consider whether additional regulations are warranted to protect peace and public safety. Any new ordinance must be in harmony with the first amendment free speech rights which are so important.

Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich, herself, states:

    "I am hopeful we can develop and implement an effective strategy that will address outstanding public safety concerns and balance those concerns against protected 1st Amendment activities and commercial activities. We are blessed to live in a small town where everyone can relax at the beach and enjoy the peaceful tranquility of nature. The City of Malibu will do all it legally can to protect and preserve the natural beauty and tranquility of our town."

ALSO - an X17 photog that was attacked on the scene in Malibu yesterday has been called in by the Lost Hills Sheriff's Dept. this afternoon to further discuss the report he filed.

We feel confident the police are taking this seriously and we greatly appreciate their help...

Check out more screen grabs of the chaos that ensued below - just crazy!