BUZZ: Is Nicole Richie Feeling Like a Married Woman?

Joel Madden and Nicole Richie on Oct. 22, 2009

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11/16/2009 AT 7:20 PM ET

Maybe it was nerves. Or maybe it just wasn’t the time to issue a clarification.

But in court Monday, Nicole Richie’s lawyer Mark Geragos referred to Joel Madden as her husband and Richie didn’t correct him. The pair have been together for years and have two children.

The marital reference came up during her 15 minutes of testimony at a hearing in which a judge issued a restraining order against two aggressive paparazzi.

Richie, 28, wearing black slacks, a black-and-white blouse and her hair in a bun, stated on the witness stand she was “crying hysterically and scared” last month after she was
rear-ended by the two photographers, who she says “stalk and harass” her daily.

“Did you call your husband?” asked Geragos.

“Yes,” Richie said.

Madden also testified, telling L.A. Superior Court Judge Carol Boas Goodson that Richie “is terrified” that the photographers might cause another accident involving their children, Harlow, 22 months, and Sparrow, 9 weeks, whom she’s with “24/7,” he said.


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