Nick Lachey Camera Phone Scuffle

Celebrities should beware of teens with camera phones. Nick Lachey had a run in with 18-year-old Younes Renak, who claims that Lachey roughed him up when he tried to take the pop singer’s photo with his camera phone.

Renak says Lachey went bonkers and began pushing him around inside an elevator at the fashiona ble Rivergate apartment building on East 34th Street where Lachey’s TV hottie girlfriend, Vanessa Minnillo, lives. “It was a cellphone [camera], it wasn’t a paparazzi kind of thing,” Renak’s lawyer, Saul Bienenfeld, told The Post’s David K. Li. “We’re talking about an 18-year-old kid taking in life in the big city.” He said Renak might sue. But reps for the ex-Mr. Jessica Simpson say Renak started pestering Lachey at a drugstore and then followed him into the building and the elevator. “We believe it was a lot more than a young man trying to take a picture,” said Lachey’s lawyer. Mitch Schuster. His publicist, Ken Sunshine raged, “This harassment with camera phones – it’s just out of control.” Renak says he still has his cellphone and pictures of Nick, although he declined to share them with us.

What is a celebrity to do?

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Written by Tara Benedict