Actress Goldie Hawn says she cannot go into Aspen, Colorado, from her nearby ranch anymore because of aggressive paparazzi who pursue her car and stake out her home.
“They’ve come into our little town and they really have done their job: They’ve shooed us out,” Hawn said.
Hawn and longtime companion Kurt Russell have been part-time Aspen-area residents for 25 years.
In the past, she said, she could wander Aspen freely because the town attracted few celebrity photographers, and they were discreet.
“But it ain’t like the old days anymore,” Hawn said.
“You find yourself running and dodging and jumping in your car,” she told The Aspen Times for its Thursday’s editions. “I can’t go into my own town. I hurt for my children. It’s not fair.”
She said the paparazzi also stalk her daughter, actress Kate Hudson.
Hawn said mayor Mick Ireland suggested she turn the tables and begin taking photos of the paparazzi.
Ireland said the paparazzi pursuit was “abusive” and “inconsiderate”, but there is little the town can do.
“Anything we would do would just make it worse,” he said. An ordinance limiting paparazzi could run afoul of the media’s rights under the US Constitution.
Aspen was once considered a refuge for celebrities, Mr Ireland said, but no more.
“There’s no safe haven,” he said.