Paparazzo gets plated

Page Six relates a strange little anecdote from the paparazzi front:

CELEBRITY paparazzo Alan Zanger has a way of getting into trouble. A few years back, he pressed charges against Alec Baldwin for allegedly assaulting him (Baldwin got off with a minor penalty). Now he’s been arrested and just let out of a Pasadena jail after cops busted him for allegedly having fake Virginia license plates on his California rental car. Zanger spent four nights inside and was released Friday after posting a $20,000 bond. He claims he was inadvertently framed by the production crew of the CBS crime drama “NCIS.” Although shot on the West Coast, the show is “set” in Virginia. Zanger tells The Post’s David K. Li that he believes someone on the set mistook his car for a prop and affixed it with the Virginia plates. “I don’t think it was intentional, but I just wonder why this wasn’t straightened out on the first day,” Zanger says. But “NCIS” executive producer Don Bellisario says the photographer’s story is poppycock: “This claim is meritless and hardly worthy of comment. That said, we don’t place license plates on anyone’s cars without their permission.” Zanger faces arraignment Sept. 23.

I have to say that it doesn’t seem so implausible that a sleep-deprived PA might have made this kind of goof. I guess we’ll find out on September 23. But I have to ask, what is a paparazzo doing on the set of NCIS? How much could candid Mark Harmon shots possibly go for?

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