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04/28/2015 15:15 EDT | Updated 06/28/2015 01:12 EDT

Upgraded charges for paparazzo after Ryan Reynolds struck by car

VANCOUVER - A Vancouver-area celebrity photographer faces more serious charges over allegations he criminally harassed Ryan Reynolds over a six-week period before hitting the actor with his car.Three charges were sworn Monday before a justice of the peace against Richard Fedyck, a 52-year-old paparazzo.Fedyck was arrested after the movie star was allegedly struck in the parkade of a luxury hotel on the evening of April 10.He was released on conditions and scheduled to appear in a provincial court on Tuesday afternoon.Court documents show Fedyck faces charges of criminal harassment, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and assault with a weapon — specifically a car.The indictment says Fedyck is accused of causing Reynolds to "reasonably fear for his safety" between Feb. 28 and April 11.The man has denied hitting the Vancouver-born actor, calling the accusation "100-per-cent false."Police had initially recommended an intimidation charge against the photographer after he was arrested on April 12."The evidence-gathering doesn't stop there," Const. Brian Montague said on Tuesday.He said the file was reviewed by investigators within its domestic violence and criminal harassment unit after being handled by patrol officers."Things may have been added to the file, followup may have been done, additional interviews may have been conducted," he said.The Crown ultimately decided which charges to lay, a power that always resides with prosecutors in B.C.Reynolds suffered a sore knee and back, according to police. But he was back on the set filming his new movie "Deadpool" the next day.Fedyck has butted heads with celebrities before. He filed a lawsuit claiming verbal and physical assault against him by Pamela Anderson and Denise Richards during a film shoot in Richmond, B.C. in 2007. The suit was later dropped.