Paltrow: Paparazzi are endangering my child

Ian Burrell,Media Editor
Thursday 09 September 2004 00:00
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Gwyneth Paltrow has claimed that persistent harassment by paparazzi photographers in London is "endangering" her and her baby daughter, Apple.

Gwyneth Paltrow has claimed that persistent harassment by paparazzi photographers in London is "endangering" her and her baby daughter, Apple.

The Oscar-winning actress said she would take legal action to prevent photographers tailing her car and that she had already started compiling a list of those who followed her most regularly.

Paltrow, 31, said: "In London, they chase you in cars, and I will start pressing charges because they're endangering me by the way they drive. It's really scary. It's just unacceptable, especially when there's a life of a small baby in your hands."

The actress said that media interest in her marriage to Chris Martin, the singer from Coldplay, had intensified since the birth of their daughter.

"It's really frustrating. I wish people would just let us get on with it once in a while and let us have a normal day together," she told the newspaper USA Today. "You can't win, no matter which way you do it. I don't know why there's this insatiable interest."

Paltrow's comments come at a potentially critical time for paparazzi photographers, following a landmark case brought by Princess Caroline of Monaco at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg in June.

The princess, who claimed that the state of Germany had failed to uphold her human right to privacy, won a judgement to protect her even in public places, unless pictures could be justified as informing a matter of genuine public debate. The ruling will force a change in German law.

Some media lawyers believe the finding will have a profound effect on the future of magazines and newspapers that publish paparazzi shots.

Simon Smith, managing partner of London media lawyers Schillings, said: "The European court has found this sort of material not to contribute to public debate - there's no meaningful discussion you can have of a celebrity walking down the street."

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