The paparazzi and top celebrities have been sharing a love and hate relationship since the tabloid industry came into existence. Since the fans are always eager to find out what’s going on in a celeb’s life, the demand for related content has grown manifold. As a result, there has been too much intervention in these stars’ private lives. Needless to say, the paparazzi often go over the top and cross their limits in publishing news that they think would sell like hotcakes. Some of these stars have dragged the paparazzi to court for the nuisance they have created.
Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed
It’s impossible to forget the charming Princess Diana. Even though she has long passed, Diana continues to shine in our memories. Do you remember the fatal crash that she and Dodi Fayed suffered in Paris back in the year 1997? That accident was one of the most tragic examples of what can happen when the paparazzi try to go beyond permissible limits. Over-speeding of the vehicles and drunken driving were found to be the main reason behind that fateful incident. The paparazzi were hot on Diana and Fayed’s heels right from the hotel they were staying right until the scene of the wreck. The French authorities accused nine photographers of murder. However, ambiguous eyewitness reports and difficulty in putting the pieces together led to the cancellation of the charges. The relentless pursuit and its consequences compelled the authorities to find three of these nine guys one euro each.
Prince William and Kate Middleton
It was the year 2012 when Closer, a French magazine, came up with some controversial snaps of Kate Middleton while she was busy vacationing with her husband, Prince William. Of course, the photos were not in good taste at all and therefore, provoked the ire of Kate. When the royal couple sued the magazine, a French court directed Closer to hand over the digital copy of the snaps, failing to do so would mean that they had to pay $10,000. Even though the magazine adhered to the court’s instructions, other outlets had already published the photos internationally by then. Closer shelled out a trivial sum of $2000 back then. It was four and a half years later that the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge dragged two suspected photographers and the editor of Closer to court yet again. As per the royal couple, the breach of privacy has been carried out and all of the photos taken were extremely distasteful.
Jennifer Aniston has long been vocal against the tabloid industry’s strategies to objectify women in the show business. She has constantly been at loggerheads with the paparazzi for a long time. She even made her opinion clear in a HuffPost article in the year 2016. It was 2003 when the Friends actress raked in almost $550,000 as a settlement amount from a case which she filed against X-17 owner, Francois Navarre. X-17 happens to be a paparazzi agency based in Los Angeles. It’s said that one of the agency’s photographers dared to climb up an 8-foot wall of Aniston’s neighboring house to click her sunbathing in her abode’s backyard. Two years later, Aniston was back to suing and this time it was Peter Brandt, a photographer who had to bear the brunt. Taking her photos without her due permission, Brandt had to shell out an amount that has remained undisclosed.
George and Amal Clooney
George and Amal Clooney are surely one of the most gorgeous couples around, no doubt about it. The power couple has just everything to go for themselves and has made millions in their respective careers to lead a lifestyle that’s beyond the means of the majority. A photographer, working for the magazine Voici, climbed up a fence and then a tree just outside of the couple’s abode in Italy to take a photo of the duo and their twin babies who were just one and a half months old back then. George Clooney vowed that the magazine, the agency, as well as the photographers, would be prosecuted completely in terms of the law.
The rich and famous belong to a league of their own and though many of them love to interact with their fans, they do wish to keep certain things private. That privacy should be respected.