Metallica singer throws stones at lensmen


Metallica lead singer James Hetfield hurled stones at reporters who were photographing him in an ice-cream parlour at a chic Uruguayan resort, the El Pais daily reported Thursday. The singer for the hugely popular American heavy metal band was cruising with his son on a scooter Sunday in Jose Ignacio when photographers spotted him and followed him to the shop, the paper said.
“When Hetfield saw the photographers outside, he walked down the stairs to the street, grabbed stones and hurled them at the reporters,” Gaston Renis, a photographer for the magazine Hola, told El Pais. “The guy was having an ice cream. He was not in an awkward situation to react in such a manner. There were even some passers-by saluting him as they recognised him right away,” Renis added. The paper said the incident caused only a few dents on the car of a photographer, who lodged a complaint with police.