Gisele Bundchen Bodyguards Face Shooting Trial
Three former bodyguards of Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen and NFL star Tom Brady have gone on trial for allegedly opening fire at photographers trying to get snaps of the couple's wedding.
According to a lawsuit filed by two photographers, the three bodyguards confronted them outside the seaside home in Costa Rica where Bundchen and Brady were holding a wedding celebration in April 2009.
They demanded Yuri Cortez, a Salvadorean who works for the AFP agency, and Costa Rican colleague Carlos Aviles hand over the memory cards from their cameras, but the pair refused.
As the photographers drove away, at least one of the bodyguards opened fire, shattering the rear window of their car, according to the complaint.
Neither photographer was hurt.
The three bodyguards, two of them from Costa Rica and the third from Colombia, are charged with attempted homicide.
They have decided to exercise their right not to testify at the trial.
The judge on Monday granted the defendants' request that no pictures of them be taken during proceedings.
Last month, Cortez said he was looking forward to seeing the men finally face trial "after four years of waiting".
"They tried to kill me and I think we have enough evidence to prove it," he said.
Bundchen and New England Patriots quarterback Brady were staging a second ceremony in Costa Rica after two months earlier marrying in a small ceremony in California.