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Hamptons photographer disputes Madonna paparazzi claim

A photographer who captured images of Madonna after a horseback riding accident in Bridgehampton is disputing the account of the star's publicist, who accused paparazzi of jumping out of the bushes and spooking the singer's horse.

Thomas Hinton, 34, a freelance photographer who covers the Hamptons each summer, said he took photos from a public road, before and after the accident -- but wasn't there when she fell.

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"As far as I'm concerned, the only photographer present when the accident happened was Steven Klein," Madonna's host, Hinton said Sunday.

The accident occurred Saturday afternoon, while the Material Girl was riding on Klein's horse farm during a weekend visit in the Hamptons. She was transported to Southampton Hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries and bruises and released, her publicist, Liz Rosenberg, said in a statement.

Rosenberg's statement said Madonna's horse "was startled by paparazzi who jumped out of the bushes to photograph the singer."

Rosenberg did not respond to messages Sunday.

Hinton said he received a tip that Madonna was arriving in the Hamptons by helicopter, and tracked her down at Klein's farm, where Hinton parked his car on Scuttle Hole Road and aimed his camera through a line of trees.

"It was so obstructed by bushes that I left," he said.

Not long afterward, he received a tip that a 50-year-old woman had fallen at that address, he said.

Hinton said he returned, and took photos, again from the road, of Madonna being carried on a backboard into a Bridgehampton Fire Department ambulance.

"If a photographer startled a horse, I'm thinking we would have seen the pictures by now," he said. "That would be such an egregious thing to do, to trespass and startle a horse. The police would have been looking for a photographer."

Southampton Town police, who responded to the scene, would not provide any details on the incident Sunday.

Hinton said they have not contacted him.

The Bridgehampton Fire Department did not return messages.

Hinton said that, after the accident, Klein and farm staff members stood in his line of sight to block his photos, but did not confront him.

"We were all polite with each other," he said.

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