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Tom Brady and Gisele sued for wedding shoot out

Fortunately, the photographers escaped injury, but they claim they suffered “physical pain and mental anguish” as a result of the firing

Los Angeles, September 23 -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen, have landed themselves in trouble with the law. Two photographers are suing the couple for $1 million, claiming they were shot at during their post-wedding party in Costa Rica.

Brady and Gisele exchanged wedding vows twice -- first in a small, Catholic wedding ceremony in Los Angeles in February and then in April in Costa Rica in front of family and friends.

For the April party at Bundchen’s vacation home in Costa Rica, the pair had hired security guards who apparently were not properly trained.

What transpired at the wedding
Agence France Presse (AFP) photographer Yuri Cortez and photographer Rolando Aviles of Costa Rican national daily newspaper Al Dia say they were shot at by those hired bodyguards during the couple's post-wedding party in Costa Rica earlier this year.

In their lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday, the photographers allege that they were taking photos of the famous newlyweds when the security guards opened fire at their vehicle with them inside, nearly killing them.

Cortez and Aviles allege they were just doing their jobs and taking pictures of the newlyweds’ marriage event when the security guards approached them and demanded their cameras and memory cards. And, when the two refused to surrender their cameras and memory card, they "opened fire with pistols".

Fortunately, the photographers escaped injury, but they claim they suffered “physical pain and mental anguish” as a result of the firing.

"The bullet narrowly missed striking the heads of Cortez and Aviles," the lawsuit said, according to The Associated Press.

Sued for “negligence and carelessness”
The photographers filed suit against Brady and Bundchen for “negligence and carelessness”.

“Maybe the guy was soused. Or maybe he was looking at his lovely bride and didn’t notice,” attorney John Paul Gleason, who is representing Yuri Cortez of Agence France-Presse, is quoted by Bostonherald.com as saying. “But the fact is, they hired a couple of goons and we have the photographs, as well as the actual bullet that was fired.”

Together with AFP, Cortez and Aviles are seeking more than $1 million in damages from the celebrity couple.