Monday, August 3, 2009
Twilight star Robert Pattinson is back in New York to continue filming his new movie, “Remember Me,” but contrary to a slew of blog reports, the New York Police Department will not be providing personal security for the hunky actor.
TheImproper.com has learned separately that the police have no plans to shoulder those duties.
Over the weekend, web sites in Europe first reported that the police were taking over from his private security because they were unable to handle the huge crowds of rabid fans that he draws while in public.
An NYPD spokesperson confirmed this morning (Aug. 3) that the police won’t have a role in protecting the actor.
“We’re not providing security,” the spokesperson said. "The police department does not provide it for actors. Specific to this issue, we are not currently providing private security for Robert Pattinson.”
The police, however, routinely respond to public disturbances, and might be involved in rerouting traffic around filming on location.
The Irish Central web site reported that police were disturbed by the widely publicized incident in which Rob was brushed by a taxi while trying to avoid a crowd of screaming fans.
“Enough is enough,” the police source supposedly told the web site. “His security people aren’t up to the task of keeping him safe, and they have no idea how to deal with the crowds this guy attracts.”
“That’s amateur hour,” the police source said. “We have celebrities a lot bigger than this guy who can come and go in perfect safety because we know how to take the right precautions. We have presidents and kings come and go. This poor kid can’t get in or out of a car without things getting dangerous.”
Pattinson reportedly has taken to wearing disguises to get around the city. But police protection would cost the city a fortune and raised questions about the use of taxpayer funds. While police routinely provide security details for elected officials and visiting dignitaries, they apparently draw the line on celebrities, even if it is Rob Pattinson.