Hollywood superstar Jodie Foster has been accused of assaulting a teenager in a crowded mall but the actress has denied the allegations.
The Academy winning actress who is famously reclusive, said that the boy was a paparazzo who tried to photograph her two children and she merely asked him to stop.
The incident happened on May 29 at a Los Angeles mall, where Foster was seeing a film with her two young sons, Charles, 11, and eight-year-old Christopher.
The alleged victim's father, who did not want to be named has accused Foster of attacking his 17-year-old son in the shopping centre's car park, reported People magazine online.
"My son was with his girlfriend and they were going to see a movie. He saw Jodie Foster and is a big fan so went over and took a picture of her. But she pushed and shoved him leaving scratches and bruises on his arm," he said.
But the 47-year-old actress has spoken out against the allegations, with her spokesperson claiming that the teenager was a paparazzo.
"He had a large camera bag and 1000mm telephoto lens. He tailed Jodie and followed her all the way from the movie theatre to the valet. He crowded her and her two young children and took photos of them the whole time," said the spokerperson.
The spokesperson added that the actress then went up to the teen and asked him to stop.