Gigi Hadid Sued For Posting A Paparazzi Photo of Herself On Instagram
Gigi Hadid has landed herself in hot water legally after she posted a paparazzi photo to her Instagram account... Of herself.
A photographer has claimed that the 23-year-old model used a photograph of a now-deleted Instagram post that he took of her without crediting him, and is now seeking legal action against the star.
Again posting to her Instagram account, Gigi wrote a lengthy post venting her frustration over the situation, and discussing the increasingly dangerous lengths paparazzi will go to in order to nab a photograph.
“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,” Hadid wrote.
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“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,” the supermodel continued.
The Victoria's Secret model also spoke of the emotional toll that comes from being followed by photographers, and that friends have had car accidents thanks to reckless paparazzi.
“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,” she explained.
“To the paparazzi, I understand that this is how you make your living, and I respect that this is something I must accept with my job. But there is a line,” Hadid added. “We are human beings, and sometimes it takes a lot of courage to engage with you because of the resentment I feel for the negative parts of these experiences.”
Close friend and fellow model Kendall Jenner supported her pal's claims, adding in a comment, “👏🏼 we’re ‘public figures’ and it’s legal for them to invade our privacy. it’s pretty disappointing 😔 we gotta change this.”
Several other celebs, such as Aussie star Ruby Rose, Em Ratajkowski and Olivia Culpo also chimed in with various messages praising Hadid for speaking out.
Kendall's big sis Khloe also detailed her experience in being sued by paparazzi agencies for copyright infringement.
“Perfectly said!!! I was sued for HUNDREDS of thousands for posting a picture of myself 😩 I don’t understand how it’s right that they literally stalk us and taunt us AND they are allowed to sue us for posting OUR OWN PHOTO,” the reality star said.
In the United States, photographs taken for editorial used in a public place are protected under the First Amendment. This means that in a public space, a celebrity can have no expectation of privacy.
Other countries, however, have implemented laws to protect public figures, such as in England following the death of Princess Diana in 1997 due to a car crash as a result of being chased by paparazzi.