CALABASAS, Calif. -- Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker is defending himself after he was involved in a scuffle with paparazzi outside a Calabasas restaurant.
Sheriff's deputies were called to the Commons at Calabasas around 8:00 a.m. Sunday after a group of celebrity photographers claimed Barker stole their cell phone and slashed their tire, said Lt. Scott Chew of the Lost Hills Sheriff's station.
In a video posted on TMZ.com, Barker and another man are seen approaching a vehicle with paparazzi inside. Both sides begin yelling profanities at each other, and the photographers get out of the vehicle.
At one point, a paparazzo accuses Barker and his friend of stealing his cell phone and slashing his tire. Deputies are then seen taking a report.
Another video on TMZ shows what apparently led to the confrontation.
Barker is seen carrying his daughter and walking through the Commons with his young son when a paparazzo antagonizes him. The camera man intices Barker, asking, "What are you going to do?"
Barker responds by swatting at the camera and telling him he'll return in an hour without his children.
"I'll kick the s**t outta you bro ... if I didn't have my little girl in my hands ... give me an hour and I'll meet you," Barker yells.
Barker then walks into Marmalade Cafe with his children.
On his Twitter page, the musician responded to the scuffle saying, "When I'm out at breakfast at 8am in the morning the last thing i appreciate is some photographer threatening me 2 a fight while he's 3 deep."
"And of course all the footage these lames released to the press is one sided cause they edited it."
"I'm not a socialite out begging for that kind of attention. I'm a family man out wit my kids. Don't get the 2 twisted," he added.
No arrests were made, Chew said, adding that the photographers were filing a formal complaint.
In 2008, Barker and his friend "DJ AM" Adam Goldstein survived a plane crash that left four people dead.
Goldstein died last August of an accidental drug overdose.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times