News

Harry Styles granted court against paparazzi

Harry Styles granted court against paparazzi

HARRY STYLES: The One Direction star wins a court order against paparazzi. Photo: Associated Press

One Direction star Harry Styles has been granted a court order preventing members of the paparazzi in the U.K. from harassing him.

The “What Makes You Beautiful” hitmaker filed his case in London’s High Court after a number of snappers failed to take heed of his personal requests for them to stop following him voluntarily.

The court ban was granted last week, but only became public on Monday. The legal move stops photographers in Britain from chasing the singer by car or motorcycle, placing him under surveillance and waiting within a certain distance of his home to track his movements.

The order will remain in effect until January, when a judge will decide how to proceed.

Although the injunction protects Styles from overzealous shutterbugs, it still allows fans to approach the singer.

His lawyer David Sherborne told Mrs Justice Nicola Davies, “This is not a privacy order. 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.”

The One Direction boys have become hot paparazzi targets since rising to fame on Britain’s “The X Factor” reality show in 2010 and Styles isn’t the first member to complain about his encounters with the press – last month, Niall Horan was involved in an incident with snappers at Los Angeles’ LAX airport, where he was reportedly dragged to the ground by a photographer.

Recently Played

Latest Headlines

26 mins ago in Entertainment

Dan Aykroyd adapting ‘Blues Brothers’ for animated series

Fresh
danaykroyd391647313397

The animated project will also feature the band's original songs, as well as soul and blues classics, and new material recorded specially for the series, which Aykroyd will help to develop alongside "Saturday Night Live" writer Anne Beatts.

32 mins ago in Entertainment

‘Frozen’ fans want Queen Elsa to ‘come out’

Fresh
21-overlay-2

Fans are urging movie executives to make the film's snow queen Elsa a lesbian in the sequel.

41 mins ago in Music

Lennon’s lyrics, Cobain’s letter and Gaga’s piano up for auction

Fresh
johnlennon296387483243

John Lennon's handwritten lyrics, Lady Gaga's first piano and an angry note from Kurt Cobain discussing the possibility of disbanding Nirvana after an unflattering magazine article are among the top items being offered at an upcoming auction.

43 mins ago in Entertainment

It’s ‘Star Wars’ Day: May the 4th be with you

Fresh
starwarsday16125289429647

It's not a national holiday, yet it might be an intergalactic one.

49 mins ago in Viral Videos

An honest trailer for ‘Captain America’

Fresh
14-overlay-2

Let's celebrate this weekend's release of "Captain America: Civil War" by looking back on the 1990 never-released movie that gives the Dolph Lundgren "Punisher" film a painfully slow run for its money.