Adele's one-year-old son Angelo wins large sum of damages for paparazzi photos

The case, brought against Corbis Images UK by Adele and her partner Simon Konecki, was heard in the High Court earlier today

Adele’s one-year-old son Angelo has been awarded a substantial five-figure sum in damages over a series of paparazzi photographs released to mark various milestones in his life without his parent’s permission.

The case, brought against Corbis Images UK by Adele and her partner Simon Konecki, was heard in the High Court earlier today (23 July).

“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,” Solicitor Jenny Afia told Mr Justice Bean:

“Adele and Simon never encourage such photos. Quite the opposite. 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.”

Afia added that the parents had withdrawn their claims against other defendants regarding the images. Their identities remained anonymous.

 

“Adele and Simon are pleased this matter has been resolved,” she concluded after the case. “They continue to do all they can to protect Angelo's rights in relation to the paparazzi, including taking legal action where necessary.

“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.”

Angelo’s damages will apparently be held in a trust fund for his benefit when he reaches a suitable age.

Corbis Images also agreed to pay Angelo’s legal costs, and not to use the photographs again.

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