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January 18, 2008

Sienna Miller wins privacy action

Category: News

Actress granted default judgment and injunction against photographer


Actress Sienna Miller has obtained default judgment in her privacy action against Warren Richardson, the photographer who took nude photos of her on a closed film set.

 

The “highly intrusive” pictures of Miss Miller removing her clothes and entering a lake were taken without her consent using a long lens by Mr Richardson. It was claimed in court that the photos were plainly private and confidential and Miss Miller had a reasonable expectation that her privacy would not be blatantly flouted. Her distress was said to have been aggravated by the flagrant disregard of her rights and the constant climate of harassment which she has had to suffer.

 

Eady J ruled that, under the circumstances, it was “entirely appropriate” to make the orders sought. Any damages will be assessed at a later date.

 

The actress has already settled her action against News Group Newspapers and Xposure Photo Agency, who paid her a total of £37,500 damages, believed to be the highest award for a photographic invasion of privacy, and gave an undertaking not to use the photos again.

 

5RB’s David Sherborne (instructed by Carter-Ruck) acted for Ms Miller.

 

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