Paparazzo attacked by Margot Robbie's British filmmakers speaks out

Paparazzo attacked by Margot Robbie's British filmmakers speaks out

October 3, 2022

Paparazzo who claims he was ‘attacked by Margot Robbie and Cara Delevingne’s British film-maker friends when he tried to take their photo in Argentina’ says it is ‘a miracle’ he survived

  • Photojournalist Pedro Alberto Orquera was attacked by a pair of British film-makers early on Sunday morning
  • He was snapping pics of Hollywood starlets Margot Robbie and Cara Delevingne as they exited a restaurant 
  • Brits Josey MacNamara and Jac Hopkins took umbrage with Orquera’s presence and chased after him
  • The trio got into a scuffle and Orquera was slammed to the ground, badly breaking his arm and suffering cuts
  • He remains in hospital awaiting surgery and has told of his ordeal at the hands of the angered film-makers
  • MacNamara and Hopkins were taken in for questioning by police while the A-list actresses hopped on a jet 

A paparazzo who was beaten and left with a broken arm after taking pictures of Hollywood stars Margot Robbie and Cara Delevingne in Argentina has claimed it is a ‘miracle’ he survived the attack. 

Pedro Alberto Orquera was attacked by British film producer Josey MacNamara and key grip Jac Hopkins, who took umbrage with the paparazzo when they spotted him snapping pics of their starlet friends eating at a celebrity restaurant in Buenos Aires inthe early hours of Sunday morning. 

The pair reportedly chased Orquera down outside the restaurant, slamming him onto the concrete before attempting to smash the paparazzo’s camera. 

Orquera, who suffered several cuts and broke his arm in the attack, told Argentine outlet TN that he was able to protect his equipment and the prized shots he’d taken, but at a considerable cost.

‘I suffered a brutal aggression… My life was saved by a miracle, I don’t know what would have happened if I fell head first to the ground, with the speed that those people chased after me,’ the photojournalist said.

‘They never took my material from me… when I fell to the ground [the camera] was smashed but I was able to save the material.’

MacNamara and Hopkins were arrested by police and taken in for questioning following the act of aggression, while Robbie and Delevingne fled the scene.

Orquera meanwhile was placed into a neck brace and stretchered to the nearby Argerich Hospital in the Argentine capital, where he remains following initial treatment and is awaiting surgery for his badly broken arm.

He told TN that his arm was severely injured and it is unknown whether he will regain full use of the limb.

‘I have a cast on my right arm, my arm is very compromised and I don’t know if I’m going to lose it,’ he claimed.

Cara Delevingne (left) and Margot Robbie (right) pictured together at the Samsung Experience at San Diego Comic-Con in 2016

Josey MacNamara and Margot Robbie pictured at the Oscars in Los Angeles in April last year

Photographer Pedro Alberto Orquera suffered a broken arm during the incident and is now awaiting surgery

Margot Robbie is pictured in Argentina on Friday, September 30 – two days prior to the attack on Orquera

The A-list actresses had been getting into a car outside the Argentine celebrity chef Francis Mallmann’s restaurant at around 3am on Sunday morning when the incident involving Orquera took place.

The photojournalist’s presence angered MacNamara and Hopkins, who hared after him and ultimately caught up to the fleeing paparazzo, launching him off balance and sending him crashing to the ground.

The impact of the fall shattering his right arm and he sustained a series of lacerations.

‘I started running away from them because they were hitting me,’ Orquera told The Sun. ‘While I was running from them they kicked me hard so my camera went up in the air and I fell on the floor and injured my arm.’

Witnesses are understood to have called emergency services when the altercation broke out after it became clear that Orquera had sustained a nasty injury.

Police meanwhile took the British filmmakers in for questioning, after which they appeared in court on the order from the Prosecutor’s Office for causing ‘serious injuries’.

A police report seen by The Sun shows that MacNamara and Hopkins told officers that Orquera was ‘responsible for his own injuries’ because the two actresses had not given consent to be pictured.

Robbie and Delevingne meanwhile opted to leave the film-makers behind, flying to the south of Argentina just hours after the attack took place.

Orquera is planning to file a lawsuit against his attackers, alleging that the injuries he sustained as a result of their aggression will prevent him from being able to work. 

‘The most unfortunate thing [about the attack] is that it leaves me immobile, unable to work or move,’ Orquera said. 

‘I am no longer going to be able to do any work and I don’t know if I am going to get my arm back the way it should be.’ 

MailOnline has approached Robbie and Delevingne for comment on the alleged incident. 

Orquera was attacked after he was seen snapping pictures of Robbie and Delevingne as they exited the Patagonia Sur restaurant (pictured) early on Sunday morning

The actresses are understood to have finished a meal at the Patagonia Sur restaurant (pictured) in Buenos Aires before the attack

Margot Robbie was spotted on the verge of tears as she left a West Hollywood home in September just hours after meeting with Cara Delevingne in Los Angeles. It comes amid rumours that Delevingne is experiencing health concerns following a series of absences from large events and erratic behaviour

The starlets reportedly became close in 2016 when they worked on the DC comic-inspired Suicide Squad film, in which Robbie, 32, gained considerable notoriety for her portrayal of the racy Harley Quinn while Delevingne played a character named Enchantress.

The pair had travelled to Argentina after attending Paris fashion week events early last week, and Robbie was spotted in Argentina on Friday, stopping to take pictures with some fans.

The attack on Orquera during the starlets’ stay in Argentina comes less than a month after Robbie was pictured leaving the home of her close friend in West Hollywood, seemingly in tears, amid rumours that British supermodel Delevingne was struggling with health concerns. 

Delevingne, 30, failed to show up to the launch of her fashion collection honouring late designer Karl Lagerfeld, which was held at chic restaurant Saga in the New York City’s Financial District in early September. 

Nor was Delevingne present at the Emmy Awards on September 13, where her cast mates in the series Only Murders in the Building were nominated for a series of awards.

A source close to the Delevingne family told The Sun that the star was struggling and had been ‘burning the candle at both ends’ as of late.

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