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Adele's son wins damages in paparazzi lawsuit

"These images were taken during private, recreational time," the singer's lawyer says. "They represent a clear infringement of our client's right to privacy."
By Annie Martin   |   July 23, 2014 at 1:27 PM   |   Comments

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LONDON, July 23 (UPI) -- Adele's son, Angelo Adkins, has been awarded damages in a privacy lawsuit.

The 26-year-old singer filed the suit against Corbis Images UK Limited after the photo agency made photos of her 2-year-old son available for publishing. Adele and her partner, Simon Konecki, said the photos were taken in June and November 2013, and featured the child's "milestone moments."

"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," the couple's lawyer, Jenny Afia, said in a statement.

"These images were taken during private, recreational time unconnected with professional or public engagements. They represent a clear infringement or our client's right to privacy," she continued. "[The] 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."

The agency has agreed to not use the photos again, and will pay a five-figure sum in damages and legal costs. Afia asserted the family will "continue to do all they can to protect Angelo's rights in relation to the paparazzi, including taking legal action where necessary."

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