Three former bodyguards of a Brazilian supermodel and a US football star are this week on trial for allegedly shooting at two photographers after the couple's post-wedding party in Costa Rica.

In 2009, Agence France-Press (AFP) photographer Yuri Cortez and a freelancer, since named as Carlos Aviles, had reportedly been taking pictures of Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady from an ‘adjoining property’.

Neither photographer was hurt, but they claim that at least one of the bodyguards opened fire as they drove away, according to a report by AFP this week.

The photographers had refused demands to hand over their cameras and memory cards.

The bodyguards have reportedly been charged with attempted homicide.

At the time, AFP claimed that one of the photographers was almost killed – the bullet missing his head by ‘just a few centimetres’.