Kevin Perkins/Gaz Shirley, PacificCoastNews.com.
The surfers who thought they were lending Matthew McConaughey a hand have been slapped on the wrist.
Two men who allegedly roughed up a photographer who was angling for shots of the actor hanging ten on a Malibu beach were charged Tuesday with misdemeanor battery and are due to be arraigned in October.
One of the handful of shutterbugs at the scene told police after the June 21 confrontation that the territorial surfers shoved him and threw his camera in the ocean.
But while video of the incident (posted online, of course) showed at least a dozen wave enthusiasts closing in on the paparazzi, only 24-year-old Skylar Peak and 30-year-old Philip Hildebrand are facing charges.
"I’ll give you a thousand bucks if you leave right now," one of the surfers can be heard saying to the paps. "Hey, you guys, they don’t want you here, and nobody that lives here wants you here," said another.
The ever-peaceful McConaughey, who leaves the beatings for his bongos, was not involved in the fracas.