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The Paparazzi Made Ben Affleck's Daughter Cry

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Ben Affleck in Beverly Hills in 2012 (Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com)
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Yesterday, the paparazzi captured a shot of an angry Ben Affleck throwing a high kick into the air while his 4-year-old daughter Seraphina clings to him.Sources close to Affleck told TMZ that his kick was territorial: he wasn't trying to hurt anyone so much as make sure that the photographers gave him space with his daughter. Affleck has felt like they have been getting increasingly aggressive with him.

This source said that Seraphina started crying when a mass of paparazzi got too close to her yesterday. Affleck asked them to back off twice and when they didn't, he responded with a kick, saying "You need to be this far away."

Then the paps ended up getting the money shot they needed that makes Affleck look aggressive.

Other stars, notably Alec Baldwin, have accused the paparazzi of getting close in the hopes of provoking a celebrity. Baldwin told Gothamist that he's especially prone to flying off the handle when he feels like his family is being threatened. And he complains that when he walks his dogs, he's especially wary: "When there's a pack of these reporters, I want to make sure they don't step on my dog, or force me to step on my dog, which they'd love that. They'd love to get that."

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Of course, getting too close for comfort can be dangerous to the paps as well.

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