Adele Wins Cash After Suing Paparazzi for Photographing Her Son

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Welcome to Celebrities Strike Back at the Paps, featuring Grammy winner Adele. She and her toddler Angelo took overzealous paparazzi to the court and won an undisclosed five-figure sum. $10,000, $50,000, $99,000? Who knows the exact number but the ruling is a step toward famous babies growing up in the privacy of their own homes.

According to the Daily News, Adele’s lawyer Jenny Afia says photographers snapped pictures of private family moments that included images of the singer’s son. Like any sane parent who wants to raise a sane children, the singer hoped to shield her baby, who's not even two years old yet, from the limelight and avoid him becoming “public property.” With her win, the singer has officially joined the ranks of celebrities like Halle Berry, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard who've crusaded against the paps in the name of their families' privacy.


Said Adele via 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."

Corbis photo agency is the evil snooper in Adele’s case and their settlement funds will be put into a trust for Angleo, along with the promise not to release any more of the child's images.

Image via AP.

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A Small Turnip

I'm just a muggle myself, but I went to school with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman's and Pierce Brosnan's kids, and every now and then I'd leave at the same time as them. I have to tell you, it was fucking horrible. Really nasty. There'd be men lurking in the bushes just beyond the property's edge, and the moment they spotted the kids they'd start screaming at them. Awful things. I remember them yelling at a 7-year-old Bella Cruise that she was a porker. Anything to provoke a reaction. Flashbulbs firing in their faces. It made me genuinely shake, and I wasn't even the target of their cameras.

I think there are a number of legitimate arguments to be made about the ethics of taking paparazzi pics of adults. It's a complex issue, with a lot of compelling points on both sides of the debate. But after being present during paparazzi ambushes of children, I'm not fucking around when I say that it's a hideous thing to do to a kid. Just despicable. Kiddie pap shots have no business existing in a decent, humane society.