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Adele’s toddler son wins damages in paparazzi lawsuit

Adele and her family have won the lawsuit against the photo agency Corbis Images UK, who took and shared pictures of milestone moments without permission, specifically showcasing the singer’s 1-year-old son.

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According to the New York Daily News, the damages from the settlement will be held in a trust for Adele‘s son Angelo, and the agency agreed not to use the photos again.

Adele’s lawyer, Jenny Afia, said Wednesday that the singer wanted to make sure that her son was never considered “public property.” And that while she accepts her public profile, there are certain instances of privacy that should not be breached, also according to the NY Daily News.

The Grammy-winning singer and her partner Simon Konecki, who is the boy’s father, brought the case against Corbis together on behalf of their family.

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Afia continued, “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.”

It’s important to note that the paparazzi laws in the U.K. are sticker than in the U.S.

Afia added, “They [Adele and family] 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.”

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The photos in question during the lawsuit were taken in June and November of 2013, according to the BBC. Afia also said the family plans to take further action if more photos are taken in a similar fashion without their consent.

Adele is far from the first celebrity who has fought to keep her child out of the spotlight without her permission. Jennifer Garner, Halle Berry and Kristen Bell have all spoke out about keeping their children away from the paparazzi.

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