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Pap (Not Adnan) Calls It Quits on Brit

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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MOB SEEN Paps covering Britney Though he's taken pictures of drug wars and hardship around the world, British photographer Nick Stern couldn't handle snapping Britney Spears. Stern resigned from Splash, a celeb photo agency, after becoming horrified by the ruthless, unsafe means used to pursue the tormented pop singer/mental-ward patient.

Stern spoke with Radar from Mexico, where he's taking a few days off following his resignation. Asked if there was a specific moment that lead him to resign, Stern recalled one particularly horrific moment when a gang of paps, 20 to 30 deep by his measure, pursued Britney as she exited a pharmacy. Walking backwards and snapping photos, the mob trampled a homeless woman without bothering to help her. "I'm absolutely dismayed and horrified at the spectacle in front of the general public."

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"Britney herself is clearly very ill," Stern added. "Anybody who cannot see that girl needs help is blind or stupid. If you look at the way in which her behavior has descended, you have to also consider where it will end. She's not going to suddenly wake up tomorrow fine."

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