Nick Lachey Ordered To Attend Anger Management And AA Meetings After Accosting Celebrity Photographer: Report

Nick Lachey is still dealing with the fallout from his altercation with a celebrity photographer last spring.

According to a report from the Daily Mail, the 49-year-old has been ordered to complete anger management classes and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

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On March 27, 2022, the 98 Degrees singer was leaving a dinner in Beverly Hills with his wife Vanessa when he spotted a female photographer, Jody Santos, taking pictures of them.

In a video, Lachey was seen approaching Santos’ car, shouting at her and reaching through her window attempting to take her phone.

The next day, he took to Twitter to address the incident, acknowledging that he “clearly overreacted,” but did not offer an apology, instead criticizing TMZ and other paparazzi, and disputing that he “got physical.”

“Until this day, Nick hasn’t taken any responsibility. He’s justified it. He thought this was done, but it’s not done,” Santos told the Daily Mail. “A personal apology was declined, then a written apology was declined. No one from his team has reached out and asked, ‘Are you ok?'”

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The outlet also obtained documents showing that Lachey was charged with assault and battery, and Santos added that after months of her hounding the police, the “Love Is Blind” co-host was ordered to complete 52 weeks in an anger management class, along with AA meetings.

“He has to complete them within a reasonable time which is like a year or so,” Santos claimed. “If he fails to do so, they will move forward to prosecute him with non-compliance and he will get arrested.”

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles DA issued a statement to ET indicating that Lachey won’t be facing charges over the incident, provided he follows the stipulations set out by the court.

“Mr. Lachey has not been charged with misdemeanour assault and battery,” reads the statement. “Instead he is participating in LADA’s Prefiling Diversion program which was established in 2017. As part of these conditions he must participate in anger management classes and attend Alcoholic Anonymous meetings. Successful completion of the Prefiling Diversion Program will result in no criminal charges being filed.”