Harry Styles gains permanent injunction against four photographers

April 2014



One Direction frontman Harry Styles has secured a permanent injunction to stop four paparazzos from following and photographing him. Styles went to the High Court last December to get a court order prohibiting photographers from following him around or waiting for him outside his home. The singer’s lawyer stressed at the time that this was an injunction to stop the activities of “a certain type of photographer”, and that he was “not trying to prevent fans approaching him in the street and taking photos”.

Yesterday, Styles was awarded a permanent injunction against four specific photographers, who were not named in court, under the Protection From Harassment Act 1997. The four people were identified using vehicle records from the DVLA. They are now prohibited from following Styles by car or motorcycle, loitering within 50 metres of his home, or placing him under any sort of surveillance.

Prior to going to court in December, the court was told that Styles had attempted to get the photographers to agree to stop following him voluntarily, but had been unsuccessful. All four had apparently eventually agreed to do so before yesterday’s hearing, though Styles still decided to seek the permanent injunction against them. Cheryl Cole and the mother of two of High Grant’s children Tinglan Hong have previously gained similar temporary orders.

Styles’ legal team were yesterday given a further four weeks to identify a fifth photographer, whom they are seeking to add to the injunction. Another hearing is scheduled for the beginning of April.

And in unrelated news, Style’s ex, Taylor Swift, has been granted a restraining order against a man called Timothy Sweet, who is accused of claiming to be married to the music star, and to have threatened her family.

An LA judge granted the order after Swift made a submission to the court earlier this month in which she stated: “Mr Sweet’s course of conduct, including threats to harm my family, are seriously alarming and harassing and are extremely distressing to me and my family”. The injunction forbids Sweet from approaching the singer’s homes, her parents home, and places where the singer routinely works in LA and Nashville.


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