Keanu Reeves' paparazzo trial begins


It's not exactly "The Matrix," but Keanu Reeves is venturing into a different kind of alternate universe: a Los Angeles courtroom.

The civil trial of a paparazzo suing the actor got under way Monday with attorneys wrangling over last-minute issues before jury selection began.

Alison Silva is suing Reeves over a March 2007 accident in which he fell while photographing Reeves behind the wheel of his Porsche. Reeves was pulling out of a parking space, and Silva said he was knocked down.

A judge has already thrown out the possibility of punitive damages and other claims by the photographer.