Australian actress Nicole Kidman & Sydney Paparazzo Jamie Fawcett In Court


Oscar-winning Australian actress Nicole Kidman screamed and feared for her life during an incident involving a Sydney paparazzo, a judge has been told.

Giving evidence in the NSW Supreme Court today, John Manning said he was driving Kidman to her parents' Sydney home on January 23, 2005.

He said their car was followed by a jeep driven by photographer Jamie Fawcett.

Mr Manning said he had to swerve his car at one stage when Fawcett's car drove over a median strip.

He said Kidman was "screaming" and saying things such as: "This has to stop. Call the police."

"She was fearing for her life and she said someone is going to get killed," he told the court.

He was giving evidence at a defamation hearing Fawcett brought over an article published in The Sun-Herald newspaper in January 2005.

A jury has already found the article defamed Fawcett, and Justice Carolyn Simpson is now considering any defences brought forward by the paper's publishers Fairfax Media.

Manning was called to give evidence by Fairfax.

Justice Simpson was told Kidman might be available to give evidence next Monday.

In September last year, a jury found Fawcett had been defamed in the article, which conveyed the meaning that he was "Sydney's most disliked freelance photographer".

Other defamatory meanings found by the jury included that the photographer had placed a listening device, intending to intercept Kidman's private conversations, and that he had caused "havoc" in her private life.

The hearing is continuing.

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