Vanessa Hudgens

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Vanessa Hudgens is apparently none too pleased that her hitherto secret smoking habit has been made public.

The High School Musical graduate was more beastly in her behavior when a paparazzo snapped her puffing on a cigarette while she was out driving in L.A.

And according to the photog's agency, Hudgens got physical.

The newly coiffed 22-year-old actress was riding shotgun, cigarette in hand, in a friend's BMW near the corner of La Cienega and Santa Monica Boulevard, when the shutterbug for X17 took a candid pic.

And that's when things really heated up. According to an account of the incident on X17online, which features shaky video of the encounter, Hudgens exited the car and approached

the photographer, seeming to make a move toward his camera. The photog began pulling away as Hudgens held onto his door. 

"Vanessa, get out of my car!" the photog screamed, as the video rolled.

Hudgens yelled at onlookers to help.

"He's about to run over a man, I hope you're filming this, a--hole!"

X17 stood by its account. Multiple calls to reps for Hudgens were not returned.

This is the first time Hudgens' Disneyfied goody-goody image has taken a hit. Deliberate or not, she was at the center of of two separate nude picture leaks, in 2007 and again in 2009.

"You really have to stay strong, because times get tough," she said after the latter. "Especially in this business. It's a dog-eat-dog world."

Apparently enough to drive a girl to smoke.

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