I assume that one of the most frustrating things about being famous—and I’m talking A-list, Obama is aware of you, Ellen and Jimmy Fallon love when you drop by their shows and play games with them famous—must be all the unexpected run-ins with fans. There you are, walking the 40 feet from where the Uber dropped you off to your dentist’s door, and you’re stopped by a handful of people overjoyed by sight of your face who want pictures to prove they actually saw it. You smile your rehearsed smile. You nod. You say, “Thank you.” You’re late for your dentist appointment. But sometimes, you confront the fan for taking their excitement too far.
Amy Schumer believes a fan did just that on Saturday afternoon, when jogging down the sidewalks of Greenville, South Carolina. After a local man named named Leslie Brewer began filming her, she asked him to stop. What happened next, however, depends on who you ask.
“I was saying stop and no. Great message to your kid. Yes legally you are allowed to take a picture of me. But I was asking you to stop and saying no. I will not take picture with people anymore and it’s because of this dude in Greenville.”
In a conversation reported by the New York Daily News, Brewer said “he apologized and stopped recording as soon as the comedian asked him to,” after which Schumer “walked away and then came back to snap a pic of him.”
“She gets mad. She’s like ‘that’s disrespectful’. She turns to my daughter and wife and says ‘is this the type of example you want to set for them,” he said. “I wish I would have finished recording. I wish I would have never stopped to show people what really happened.”
He goes on to accuse Schumer of painting an “aggressive” picture of him. In the days since she documented the incident (seen below) on Instagram, Brewer says he’s “been called the n-word,” and claims one fan threatened to set his entire family on fire.
TMZ writes he has not reported any of the threats to police.
Image via screengrab.