Pippa Middleton under fire for ‘gun’ incident

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Pippa Middleton has found herself at the center of a scandal after photos taken over the weekend in Paris show the 27-year-old sitting in a car next to a driver as he points what looks like a gun at a photographer.

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Video: Pippa Middleton in photo with gun? (on this page)

Duchess Kate’s sister was with three male friends in an Audi convertible when the driver took out the object and pointed it straight down the lens at the photographer. According to a tabloid, the photographer is thinking about filing a formal complaint. It isn’t clear who the three men in the convertible are.

Click here to see the photo in British newspaper The Sun

“Perhaps they were being pursued, perhaps they were angry, perhaps they were just showing off, but it certainly doesn’t look good,” Royal Correspondent Camilla Tominey told TODAY Monday.

The incident has caught particular criticism, as France is reeling from the recent gun attacks that left seven people — four of them children — dead.

Middleton was in the French capital for parties this past weekend, which included costumes, aristocrats and more than a few eligible bachelors. She was attending birthday celebrations for her friend Viscount Arthur de Soultrait, an entrepreneur and owner of a popular fashion label. She was escorted by Antoine de Tavernost, son of a television mogul.

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The Paris Judicial Police are poised to launch an investigation into the incident and the troublemakers could face prosecution. Brandishing a gun in public in France is punishable by up to seven years in jail, and flashing a fake weapon carries a maximum of two years.

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Middleton has not commented on the controversy and the palace has not either, as it has said it does not speak for the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister.

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