Model and actress Emily Ratajowski is being sued for $150,000 by a paparazzi photographer after she shared one of his images on her Instagram Story without permission.
The suit, filed by photographer Robert O'Neil in the Southern District of New York, alleges that Ratajowski posted the image on her Instagram Story (which disappears after 24 hours), which showed her holding a bouquet of flowers hiding her face while she was in New York City, accompanied by a caption reading "Mood Forever." O'Neil is also suing for reimbursement of any profits made by Ratajowski from usage of the image. The lawsuit is the latest in what seems to be a growing trend, with other celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Gigi Hadid, Knloe Kardashian, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and more. The lawsuits have caused fiery debate on both sides, with some holding the line that the photographers are right to enforce their copyrights regardless of the context and that celebrities (or anyone) should always have strict permission to post, while others say that with the invasive nature of paparazzi that often goes to extreme lengths to photograph subjects, the celebrities should at least have some sort of rights to their own image.