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NCIS Hawaii's Vanessa Lachey's husband Nick 'ordered to complete anger management'

The incident happened in March 2022

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Rebecca Lewis
Rebecca Lewis - Los Angeles
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Love Is Blind host Nick Lachey has been ordered to complete anger management and Alcoholic Anonymous classes after being accused of assaulting a photographer. The husband of NCIS: Hawaii star Vanessa Lachey previosuly admitted he had "overreacted" after a paparazzi took pictures of Nick and his wife Vanessa leaving a Beverly Hills restaurant.

"He has to complete [anger management and AA] within a reasonable time, which is like a year or so," Jody Santos, the photographer, has now alleged. "If he fails to do so, they will move forward to prosecute him with noncompliance and he will get arrested."


Nick, 49, was charged with assault

HELLO! has contacted reps for Nick, 49, for comment.

"Mr. Lachey has not been charged with misdemeanor assault and battery. Instead he is participating in LADA's Prefiling Diversion program, which was established in 2017. As part of these conditions he must participate in anger management classes and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings," the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a statement.

"Successful completion of the Prefiling Diversion Program will result in no criminal charges being filed." 

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Jody alleges that on March 27, 2022, she took pictures in her role as a photographer of Nick and Vanessa leaving Mastro’s restaurant in Beverly Hills. She claims that Nick — a former pop singer and star of reality show Newlyweds with first wife Jessica Simpson — then ran over to her car and tried to grab her equipment through the window.

"In all my years of photographing celebrities, no one has ever tried to hit me," she added.

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Nick acknowledged the incident at the time, writing: "Last night, after enjoying a great dinner with my wife and our dear friend, the paparazzi harassed us as we walked back to our hotel.

"I clearly overreacted. I’ve been in this game long enough to know that their antics are sadly part of the deal. Stupid of me. Done."

But Jody believes that Nick would have "knocked her out" if her window had been lower, and she says that Nick was only punished after she accused the district attorney's office of giving him “preferential treatment".

Nick and Vanessa met in 2006 after she appeared in his music video for 'What's Left of Me'. They wed in 2011 in the British Virgin Islands, and have three children.

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