NY court dismisses suit against Brady, Bundchen
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by two photographers who said
they were shot at by bodyguards of New England Patriots quarterback
Tom Brady and Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen.
The April 2009 incident occurred during a party in Costa Rica
celebrating the celebrity couple’s marriage two months earlier.
Photographers Yuri Cortez and Rolando Aviles and the news agency
Agence France Presse charged in the lawsuit that the guards shot at
the photographers and narrowly missed their heads.
The lawsuit originally was filed in federal court in New York
and then in Manhattan state Supreme Court.
Bundchen owned a Manhattan apartment before her marriage, but
Justice Judith Gische said in her ruling that the model had sold
the apartment by the time the lawsuit was filed in November 2009.
The judge’s ruling was made public Tuesday.
The judge said neither Brady nor Bundchen lives in New York and
the lawsuit against them does not belong in the state. She said the
matter “would be better adjudicated in Costa Rica.”
Attorney John Gleason, representing the photographers and AFP,
said the plaintiffs were studying the decision to see if there are
grounds to appeal to a higher court.
Gleason said the plaintiffs chose not to sue in Costa Rica
because the courts are too slow there.
“I was told it often takes 10 years for a civil case to be
concluded,” he said.
Brady has won three Super Bowls with the Patriots, and Forbes
magazine says Bundchen is the highest-paid model in the world. The
couple have said their main residence is in Massachusetts, where
they are raising their infant son, Benjamin.
An attorney for Brady and Bundchen did not immediately respond
to a telephone message seeking comment Wednesday.