Richards in fracas with photographer

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RICHMOND, British Columbia -- A spokeswoman for Hollywood actress Denise Richards blamed aggressive paparazzi Thursday for a run-in that prompted her client to toss a pair of laptops from a balcony, causing minor injuries to two elderly women.

Howard Blank, a spokesman for the River Rock casino resort in the Vancouver suburb, confirmed an incident took place Wednesday evening.

Global TV reported Richards was filming a scene for the movie "Blonde and Blonder" when she allegedly confronted a photographer trying to take her picture. Richards threw the laptop computers off a balcony, hitting two elderly women sitting in the lobby below.

Paramedics were called but the women did not appear to be seriously injured.

"Based on the actions of the paparazzi, they are lucky their laptops were the only things that were thrown off the ledge," Richards' publicist, Nicole Perez, said in Los Angeles.

A statement from "Blonde and Blonder" producer Dean Bornstein indicated that a "number of unauthorized persons" got onto the film set and began "harassing members of the cast."

"While trying to stop the paparazzi, Denise Richards was involved in an altercation," Bornstein said. "To protect her safety she instinctively knocked the paparazzo's laptops off a ledge. Royal Canadian Mounted Police were called to the scene as a precaution and the case was soon closed. No charges were filed against Ms. Richards."

Richards has appeared in TV series such as "Spin City" and movies such as "Love Actually," "Starship Troopers" and "Scary Movie 3."

She became tabloid fodder in part because of her divorce from actor Charlie Sheen.
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