Kendall Jenner denies punching paparazzo in Paris

Reality-TV star and model Kendall Jenner says that despite photos showing her arm extended into a crowd outside a Paris nightclub this month, she was not punching a paparazzo.

“Even though you know about my anger towards the paparazzi — I didn’t touch him!” Jenner, 20, wrote Monday on her subscription website, according to E! News. She said that as she and fellow model Gigi Hadid, 20, exited L’Arc nightclub on March 3, “I was super sweaty after dancing in the club all night (the last thing on earth I wanted was to have my photo taken at that moment!). All of a sudden, this paparazzi took his camera and started taking pictures right below my face. It was in my personal space, like centimeters from my body,” said Jenner, part of E!’s “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” clan. “I was so annoyed. All I ask for is just a bubble of space to breathe, and he disrespected that.”

She said that rather than punching, she grabbed the camera “and pushed it away across my body, sort of trying to push and pull it out of his hand at the same time.” She added, “Of course, that side motion with my arm is why all of the pictures look like punches were flying. They totally weren’t!”

She says she instructed her bodyguard to intimidate the photographer into deleting the photos. “My security, Mason, had to intervene and totally scared him. Mason made him agree to delete them and even forced him to apologize! I wanted to be 100% that the photos were gone for good because the paps can be sneaky.”

She did not say whether the intimidation was physical or legalistic. “Violence is never my thing,” Jenner wrote. “I get that they have a job to do, too — but I’d love it if they gave me a break every now and then.” She added, “I understand that I’m a public figure, but it becomes very dehumanizing to have zero privacy.”