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One Direction’s Harry Styles Wins Case Against Paparazzi

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Harry Styles (Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

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One Direction‘s Harry Styles loves being bombarded by fans everywhere he goes, but he’s had enough of the paparazzi pulling those stunts.

According to The Guardian, the singer asked England’s High Court to prevent photographers from following him around. A last resort, Styles previously asked the photographers to stop himself.

The order, named “Paparazzi AAA,” says photographers must stop pursuing Styles by car or motorcycle in the UK and cannot loiter within 50 meters of his home. While Styles wasn’t present in court today (December 16), his lawyer David Sherborne spoke at the hearing on his behalf.

“This is not a privacy injunction,” he said. “Mr. Styles is not trying to prevent fans approaching him in the street and taking photos. He remains happy to do that, as he always has. Rather, it is the method or tactics which have been used by a certain type of photographer.”

Sherbourne said four paparazzi are currently being identified in the court case.

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This is certainly not the first nor the last paparazzi case that will be brought to court. Last year, fellow UK star Cheryl Cole also went to court after complaining about the experience of paparazzi camping outside her home and following her in vehicles — and won.

Meanwhile, Muse‘s Matt Bellamy recently discussed having a near meltdown with paparazzi.

“I’ve had a couple of moments,” Bellamy told Radio.com. “I think when kids get involved, that’s when you’re most likely to get a bit [taken aback]. When we first had a baby, and you get these camera people pushing into [the stroller], that’s when you’re like, ‘Come on, there must be some rights we can create for children to not be invaded!’ It’s clearly not their fault that the parents are well-known…it’s generally quite creepy. But if you’re in the public eye as an adult, I don’t think there’s much you can do about it.”

Just last month Kanye West plead not guilty of assaulting a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport this past summer. He claimed self-defense in the incident and the case is due back in court in January.

Last month, Styles’ bandmate Niall Horan was dragged to the floor by paparazzi at a Los Angeles airport.

Earlier this year, Justin Bieber got in a fight with paparazzi and threatened the man. And last May, he was called in for questioning after a photographer claimed the singer roughed him up. The charges were later dropped. Months later, a paparazzi was killed after taking photos while chasing Bieber’s Ferrari.

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