Adele scored a major personal victory against the paparazzi when her toddler son was awarded a five-figure damage settlement from photo agency Corbis Images UK.
The 26-year-old British singer and partner Simon Konecki filed suit on behalf of their son, Angelo, against Corbis Images UK after paparazzi took photos of the child’s “milestone moments.” Adele’s lawyer, Jenny Afia, said Wednesday that her Grammy Award-winning client “accepts and even embraces her public profile” but will not allow her son to become “public property,” The Associated Press reports.
“She is extremely grateful to the public and press for their support in helping her achieve international acclaim,” said Afia.
“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,” she said.
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Corbis has offered to pay punitive and legal costs to Angelo and agreed not to use the pictures again, said law firm Schillings, which represents Adele.
The money will be held in a trust for the toddler — who turns 2 in October — to fund any further legal action, the lawyer said.
“Adele and Simon are pleased this matter has been resolved. They continue to do all they can to protect Angelo’s rights in relation to the paparazzi, including taking legal action where necessary,” said Afia. “They will be holding the damages on trust on behalf of the claimant for this purpose.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.”
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Afia said all children have the right to privacy, including children of celebrities who use their kids to promote themselves.
“This case also emphasises a dividing line between celebrities who strive to keep their children out of the spotlight and those who make them part of their brand,” she said. “The children of famous parents are not celebrities. The law can, will and should protect them.”
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