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    Jodie Foster Slams Teen-Assault Story: "He Was a Paparazzo"

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    If you believe the starstruck kid, Jodie Foster was about to eat his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.

    The Silence of the Lambs star has been accused of battery by a Los Angeles teen, who claims she manhandled him after he approached her at a popular shopping mall.

    But those allegations really have Team Jodie fighting mad.

    Here's the scoop.

    Per a police incident report obtained by Radar Online, the 17-year-old boy, whose identity was withheld because he's still underage, was snapping photos of the 47-year-old two-time Oscar winner around 2 p.m. on May 29 as she and her two children made their way through the parking lot of The Grove mall.

    "[Victim] while at The Grove saw [Foster] and began to take pics of [her] with his camera then walked to the valet area of The Grove," the report states. [Foster] followed [victim], poked him on his chest, grabbed [victim] by his left arm causing visible injury."

    The teen's father, who wished to remain anonymous, complained about the altercation to Radar, saying Foster crossed the line.

    "Jodie Foster attacked my son at the parking lot at The Grove," he said. "Jodie pushed and shoved him leaving scratches and bruises on his arm."

    The LAPD is evaluating the report, but sources say it's unlikely charges will be filed since both parties had exited the structure making it essentially a he-said, she-said scenario.

    But Foster's camp says the teen doesn't deserve any sympathy.

    "The young man was most definitely a professional paparazzo," Foster publicist Jennifer Allen tells E! News. "He had a large camera bag and a 1000mm telephoto lens. He tailed Jodie and her young sons from the movie theater to valet parking. He crowded her and her children and took photos of them the whole time."

    Allen says that his behavior "scared the kids" and Foster felt obliged to tell him to back off.

    "She touched him on the elbow in an attempt to take him aside to talk to him and tell him to stop," Allen says.

    Foster, whose next film is The Beaver, a comedy costarring old Maverick partner Mel Gibson that she's also directing, is famous for fiercely guarding her private life.

    But the boy's father denies any suggestion his son is a paparazzo.

    Do we smell a lawsuit coming?

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