Nick Lachey has been ordered to attend anger management classes and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings after harassing a paparazzo.

Police records show the 98 Degrees member was charged with assault and battery against Jody Santos in March 2022 but did not receive any formal punishment until the photographer repeatedly pleaded with the Beverly Hills Police Department for months.


“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,” the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office told us in a statement Tuesday.


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“As part of these conditions, he must participate in anger management classes and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Successful completion of the Prefiling Diversion Program will result in no criminal charges being filed.”

The singer and his wife, Vanessa Lachey, were leaving Mastro’s restaurant in Beverly Hills when Santos spotted him and began taking pictures. Nick went ballistic, running over to her car and trying to grab her camera and phone through the passenger window.

Santos later said that she feared Lachey would break through her window.

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