Adele Wins Five-Figure Sum in Lawsuit Over Paparazzi Photos of Her Son


Adele won lawsuit against photo agency, which was previously reported to the court after making Adele's son photos available for publication in English tabloids.
Adele won a five-figure sum in a privacy case over paparazzi photos of her 1-year-old son, Angelo Adkins. Adele previously filed a lawsuit against photo agency Corbis Images U.K. Limited over pictures of Angelo's "milestone moments."

The agency previously made Angelo's private pictures, which were taken in June and November 2013, available for publication in English press. They have now agreed to pay damages and legal costs, promising that they would not use the photos again.

Jenny Afia, Adele's solicitor, told London High Court that the "Someone Like You" singer and her husband, Simon Konecki, did not want their son to become a "public property."

Jenny said, "It is a matter of profound sadness that many of his milestone moments, such as his first family outing and his first trip to playgroup, were photographed and published worldwide expressly against his family's wishes. These images were taken during private, recreational time unconnected with professional or public engagements. They represent a clear infringement of our client's right to privacy."

She added, "The parents' view is that these images were of routine, everyday family occasions which the paparazzi has no right to intrude upon, profit from and file away in picture libraries for future reference and use."

Jenny claimed that the "Rolling in the Deep" hitmaker and her husband were "holding the damages on trust." She additionally said that they would "continue to do all they can to protect Angelo's rights in relation to the paparazzi, including taking legal action where necessary. They will also continue efforts to improve the laws relating to paparazzi and children generally, building on the successful campaign Adele helped fund in California resulting in far stricter harassment laws."

Jenny also stated that legal firm Schillings would take legal action if the photographers took pictures of Angelo again in the future.

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