A paparazzo who was beaten and left with a broken arm after taking pictures of Hollywood stars Margot Robbie and Cara Delevingne in Argentina has claimed it was a ‘miracle’ he survived the attack.
Pedro Alberto Orquera was attacked by British film producer Josey MacNamara and Jac Hopkins, who took umbrage at the paparazzo when they spotted him taking photos of their starlet friends eating at a famous restaurant in Buenos Aires in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The pair allegedly chased Orquera outside the restaurant, slamming him to the concrete before attempting to smash the paparazzo’s camera.
Orquera, who suffered multiple cuts and broke his arm in the attack, told Argentinian outlet TN he was able to protect his gear and the prized snaps he took, but at a considerable cost.
“I suffered a brutal attack… My life was miraculously saved, I don’t know what would have happened if I fell face first to the ground, with the speed at which these people chased me” , said the photojournalist.
‘They never took my gear…when I fell down [the camera] was broken but I was able to salvage the material.
MacNamara and Hopkins were arrested by police and questioned following the act of assault, while Robbie and Delevingne fled the scene.
Meanwhile, Orquera has been placed in a neck brace and stretched out at nearby Argerich Hospital in the Argentine capital, where he remains after initial treatment and awaits surgery for his badly broken arm.
He told TN that his arm was seriously injured and it is unclear whether he will regain full use of the limb.
“I have a cast on my right arm, my arm is very compromised and I don’t know if I’m going to lose it,” he said.
Cara Delevingne (left) and Margot Robbie (right) pictured together during the Samsung Experience at Comic-Con in San Diego in 2016
Josey MacNamara and Margot Robbie pictured at the Oscars in Los Angeles in April last year
Photographer Pedro Alberto Orquera broke his arm in the incident and is now awaiting surgery
Margot Robbie is pictured in Argentina on Friday September 30 – two days before the Orquera attack
The A-list actresses were getting into a car outside celebrity Argentine chef Francis Mallmann’s restaurant around 3am on Sunday morning when the incident involving Orquera occurred.
The photojournalist’s presence angered MacNamara and Hopkins, who harassed him and eventually caught up with the fleeing paparazzo, knocking him off balance and sending him crashing to the ground.
The impact of the fall shattered his right arm and he suffered a series of lacerations.
“I started running away from them because they were hitting me,” Orquera told The Sun. “While I was running away from them they kicked me hard, my camera flew away and I fell to the ground and injured my arm.”
Witnesses reportedly called emergency services when the altercation broke out after it became clear that Orquera had suffered a nasty injury.
Meanwhile, police took the British filmmakers for questioning, after which they appeared in court on the orders of the prosecutor’s office for causing “serious bodily harm”.
A police report seen by The Sun shows MacNamara and Hopkins told officers that Orquera was “responsible for her own injuries” because the two actresses had not given consent to be photographed.
Meanwhile, Robbie and Delevingne opted to leave the filmmakers behind, flying to southern Argentina just hours after the attack.
Orquera plans to take legal action against his attackers, alleging that the injuries he suffered as a result of their assault will prevent him from being able to work.
‘The most unfortunate thing [about the attack] is that it leaves me immobile, unable to work or move,” Orquera said.
“I won’t be able to do any more work and I don’t know if I’ll get my arm back the way it should be.”
MailOnline has approached Robbie and Delevingne to comment on the alleged incident.
Orquera was attacked after he was seen taking pictures of Robbie and Delevingne as they left the Patagonia Sur restaurant (pictured) early on Sunday morning
The actresses are said to have finished a meal at the Patagonia Sur restaurant (pictured) in Buenos Aires before the attack
Margot Robbie was spotted on the verge of tears as she left a West Hollywood home in September just hours after meeting Cara Delevingne in Los Angeles. It comes amid rumors that Delevingne is experiencing health issues following a string of absences from big events and erratic behavior
The starlets reportedly became close in 2016 when they worked on the DC comic book-inspired film Suicide Squad, in which Robbie, 32, gained considerable notoriety for his portrayal of the racy Harley Quinn while Delevingne played a character named Enchantress.
The couple had traveled to Argentina after attending fashion week events in Paris early last week, and Robbie was spotted in Argentina on Friday, stopping to take pictures with fans.
The attack on Orquera during the starlets’ stay in Argentina comes less than a month after Robbie was pictured leaving her close friend’s West Hollywood home, apparently in tears, amid rumors that British model Delevingne was struggling with health problems.
Delevingne, 30, failed to show up at the launch of her fashion collection honoring late designer Karl Lagerfeld, held at the chic Saga restaurant in New York’s financial district in early September.
Delevingne was also not present at the Emmys on Sept. 13, where her castmates on the series Only Murders in the Building were nominated for a series of awards.
A source close to the Delevingne family told The Sun that the star has been struggling and “burning the candle at both ends” lately.