In America, celebrities can be sued for posting photos of themselves without citing the photographer. Not only for professional photo shoots but for invasive paparazzi shots as well. Make this make sense!
Model #GigiHadid is facing legal action against a pap who claims Hadid posted a photo they took and did not credit them as the photographer. Gigi responded to the allegation on Instagram in a lengthy but thorough caption that addressed the fact that she (and other celebrities) feel like “their privacy is invaded by aggressive paparazzi whenever they leave the house.”
“Yesterday I heard from my management that I am being ‘legally pursued’ for my last (now deleted) Instagram post. The photo is by a Paparazzi & is of me on the street outside an event last week. I posed/smiled for the photo because I understand that this is part of my job, this was an appropriate situation for ‘the press’ to attend, and also that this is how paparazzi make a living. Most circumstances are not this way, i.e. leaving my apartment, or anytime I feel that my privacy is being unreasonably intruded upon, doing everyday things feel harder to face… these people make money off of us everyday, LEGALLY stalking us day in and day out- for nothing special- for us to walk six feet to a car and six feet into a work building. They drive dangerously close and extremely recklessly; they put the general public in danger in pursuit of a photo…”
Hadid continued to mention how she and other celebs have gotten into vehicle accidents due to paparazzi and the toll constantly being followed takes on celebrities and their families. She received major online support from other celebs such as #KylieJenner, #RubyRose, and her sister #BellaHadid.
In regards to the suit, Gigi wrote, “I (& countless others) have stayed inside because I just don’t want my photo taken or to have that attention/suffocation while just trying to live as normally as possible, and for someone to take a situation where I was trying to be open, and sue me for a photo I FOUND ON TWITTER (with no photographer’s name on the image), for a photo he has already been paid for my whatever outlet put it online (!!!), is absurd.”
Wouldn’t you agree?