By now you’ve no doubt heard that Madonna fell off a horse in the Hamptons this weekend. You’ve also probably heard that it’s being blamed on paparazzi jumping out of bushes and startling the horse.
It turns out however that Madge’s accident may be more run of the mill than it’s being made out to be.

According to the Daily News Thomas Hinton, 34, a freelance photographer, said he took photos from a public road, before and after the accident — but wasn’t there when she fell.

“Hinton said he received a tip that Madonna was arriving in the Hamptons by helicopter, and tracked her down at Klein’s farm, where Hinton parked his car on Scuttle Hole Road and aimed his camera through a line of trees.
”It was so obstructed by bushes that I left,” he said.
Not long afterward, he received a tip that a 50-year-old woman had fallen at that address, he said.

Hinton said he returned, and took photos, again from the road, of Madonna being carried on a backboard into a Bridgehampton Fire Department ambulance.

”If a photographer startled a horse, I’m thinking we would have seen the pictures by now,” he said. “That would be such an egregious thing to do, to trespass and startle a horse. The police would have been looking for a photographer.”

Southampton Town police, who responded to the scene, would not provide any details on the incident Sunday.”

No one is arguing that overly aggressive paparazzi can have dire results, but they have to actually be there to blame….

–Kathleen Davis
Assistant Editor