Hollywood - Now that Paris Hilton is back in jail and out of the public eye, 100 paparazzi who have been laid off due to lack of work are suing the Los Angeles judge who returned her to prison. "I am out of work now because that bastard, Judge Michael Sauer, took her away from us," said celebrity photographer Michael Lantora, who lost his job after Hilton returned to jail.
Celebrity photo agencies throughout Hollywood laid off over 100 paparazzi Monday, claiming the move was necessary due to the unexpected absence of their two most popular subjects.
"With Paris in jail and Lindsay Lohan in rehab, we just can't afford to keep so many paparazzi on the payroll," said Flash CelebPhotos spokesperson Craig Middleton. "We can't realistically pay more than 17 people to track Brangelina."
L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca had released Hilton to house arrest for undisclosed health reasons last week. But after a public outcry, Hilton was brought back before the judge and was returned to jail. Lohan, meanwhile, has been in rehab at Promises treatment center in Malibu for several weeks.
"Since Paris and Lindsay have been out of the picture. I haven't been able to get any good shots," said unemployed paparazzo Miguel Andreas. "The best I got last week was David Faustino ('Bud' on 'Married with Children') giving change to a customer at Popeye' Chicken. Needless to say, I wasn't able to sell it."