Nicole Richie Snaps at Paparazzi: "I Have to Protect My Children"

It’s no secret that Nicole Richie isn’t a fan of the paparazzi, and with her top-secret December wedding to fiancé, Joel Madden quickly approaching, Nicole is taking precautions to protect her family from the photogs. 

"Recently, there was a certain paparazzi that was trespassing on to my daughter's school," Nicole said yesterday during a visit to the Ellen Degeneres Show. "And you know, I don't want to prevent anyone from making a living, but at the end of the day, we all do have to follow certain guidelines and we all have to answer to somebody. And at the end of the day, as a mother, I have to protect my children. It's instinctual—right or wrong—you have to protect your children."

When Ellen asked Nicole if she won her case against the photographer, she answered with a simple, "Yes."

The incident took place in early October when Nicole went to pick up her daughter Harlow from school and saw two paparazzi outside waiting to take photos. Calling the situation "creepy," Richie took photographer Fabricio Luis Marlotto to court and called him "predatory." Among other things, she accused him of driving erratically around her family and trespassing onto her daughter's school. 

At the time, Marlotto defended himself. "When I realized it was a school, I left," he told reporters following the hearing.  

It's obvious that Nicole guards her privacy fiercly, but we wonder if she will be as successful at keeping the media away from her upcoming nuptials as she has been at keeping them away from her kids.