Have you ever been sent a legal notice for remembering back old times with your ex-bfs, posting their pics and all? Gigi has some experience there, unfortunately. But don’t worry, it’s not Zayn who is suing Gigi, it’s someone else. Can you guess it? It’s someone who chases celebs like crazy as their life depends on it. If that was any hint, you must’ve gotten it right – it’s the paparazzi. And out of all, the one who is dragging Hadid to a potential legal mess is a photographer Robert O’Neil, claiming Gigi has “infringed” his copyright by publicly displaying and reproducing Zayn’s pic on her IG story.
Neil has already filed a lawsuit and the documents read:
Gigi Hadid is not, and has never been, licensed or otherwise authorized to reproduce, publically display, distribute and/or use the Photograph.
So What Does Neil Want?
Money? Yep. A whopping $150,000 is the price he’s put on the entire lawsuit for Gigi to get out of it unscathed. Well, either this or he wants to be awarded “actual damages and Defendant’s profits, gains or advantages of any kind attributable to Defendant’s infringement of Plaintiff’s Photograph.” Woah! Hell hath no fury like a pap scorned!
BTW, he also wants Gigi to acknowledge the fact that by posting the pic she infringed his copyrights. Jeez, paps are hardcore.
And to tell you the truth this is not the first time Gigi is confronted with charges for uploading a pic on her social media. Gigi had quite a (bad) rap with paps in the past too. Last year only, she was sued by another pap for posting her own pic. Gigi then went on to write this overly-detailed post on her Instagram.
In case you TL;DR-ed it, here’s something for you. Hadid said:
To the paparazzi, I understand that this is how you make your living, and I respect that this is something I must accept with my job. But there is a line. We are human beings, and sometimes it takes a lot of courage to engage with you because of the resentment I feel for the negative parts of these experiences.
Not much is known for now as Gigi is yet to comment on this newly raked up controversy in her life.