Tom and Gisele’s Wedding Bodyguards Convicted of Attempted Murder
Celebrities, they’re just like us … except that the bodyguards hired to work their weddings sometimes get convicted of attempted murder.
According to Sky News, Miguel Solis of Costa Rica and Alexander Rivas of Colombia were hired for Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen’s wedding celebration in the seaside village of Costa Rica in April 2009. (It was a days-long follow up to a quiet ceremony in Santa Monica, California.) The guards reportedly confronted two paparazzi photographers outside the event, demanded they hand over their memory cards, and when the photographers refused and drove away, they fired shots. Neither man was injured. The two men will serve five year prison sentences and pay the photographers the equivalent of $10,000. A third man was acquitted.
Shortly after the story first broke, Brady denied that his bodyguards were armed, calling the accusation “absolute b.s.” And if you thought the bride was happy about all this ruckus on her special day (well, one of her special days, really), you would be wrong. “I was like, ‘What? What happened on my day?'” Bündchen told People magazine at the time, noting that no one at the wedding heard the shots and wondering if the photographers perhaps “couldn’t get a picture so they tried to make something up so they could make money with something.” The Costa Rican justice system seemed not to find this theory compelling.