Looks like Adele's son will receive five figures in damages after a British court ruled the paparazzi crossed the line in photographing private moments. (Via Getty Images)
The Grammy-winning singer and her partner, Simon Konecki, sued Corbis Images in the U.K. for taking pictures of their 1-year-old son's "milestone moments," saying the child is not public property.
The couple's lawyer issued a statement after the ruling saying, "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." (Via NBC)
According to the BBC, Corbis has agreed not to use the photos again and has also agreed to pay the undisclosed sum and legals fees. As for the payout, the couple plans to put it in a trust for son Angelo Adkins.
And legal rulings protecting celebrities' children are growing. In September of last year, a law was created in California to impose strict penalties for harassing celebrity children.
BELL: "Children, under no circumstances should be followed by strangers. With or without a camera ... all they feel is that predatory feeling of being hunted." (Via Warner Bros. Television / "The Ellen DeGeneres Show")
According to Time, the new law defines harassment as "conduct that 'seriously alarms, annoys, torments or terrorizes' the child and can include recording a child's image or voice without express consent." Violators of the law face a maximum of $10,000 in fines and up to one year in jail.
Metro also quotes Adele as saying: "The children of famous parents are not celebrities. The law can, will and should protect them."
Adele says she is grateful to the public and media for their support of her during this lawsuit.