July 24, 2008 03:48:30 GMT
The legal team of the actor sent a legal notice to various publications, warning them of the serious consequences for anyone publishing the unauthorized images of the Jolie-Pitt's family.
Don't mess with the Jolie-Pitt. Reportedly is enjoying his time with family, partner Angelina Jolie and their expanding brood at their French estate, Brad Pitt's peace is destroyed by the appearance of unauthorized photos of his family on the Internet. Lawyers for him were quick to issue legal action against anyone and any media outlet that publishes the reported photos, supposedly also captured his newborn twins Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline.
The pictures were "surreptitiously" snapped using a powerful telephoto lens and sold to an unidentified buyer, the Los Angeles lawyers for the movie hunk claimed. Such action thus is considered a "malicious violation" of the actor's privacy rights under both French and California law.
In a legal warning sent to various publications, one of Pitt's lawyers Yael Holtkamp of the high-powered Los Angeles-based law firm Lavely & Singer warns of the serious consequences for anyone publishing the unauthorized images, shot by shutterbugs, in print or online. Holtkamp, moreover, confirmed one unspecified photo agency that had already sold the pictures had agreed to stop further sales and removed them from its website. Several celebrity websites that had links to the pictures, still according to Holtkamp, had also removed them on Thursday, July 24.
It was not mention though which family members of the Jolie-Pitt's who were in the pictures. The legal warning issued by Pitt's legal team is published on the U.S. website The Smoking Gun.