Lisa Rinna is addressing the controversial lawsuit that was filed against her for her paparazzi photos. In June, the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star was sued by photo agency Backgrid for copyright infringement.
It happened that Rinna posted a series of paparazzi-taken watermarked photos of herself and her children on Instagram. As a result, the reality star was sued for $1.2 million in damages, with the agency claiming that she caused them some loss.
The agency alleged that because Rinna’s 3 million followers on the platform had already seen the images, they wouldn’t be able to sell them for a reasonable price.
Months after the lawsuit was filed, the reality star spoke out about it in a candid interview with the Los Angeles Times, where she slammed the agency for exploitation.
So Shocking To Rinna
In her conversation with the publication, the 58-year-old explained that she has always had a somewhat symbiotic relationship with the paparazzi, so she couldn’t understand why they treated her this way. The soap opera actress said:
I’ve always seen it as a very symbiotic relationship. It was part of the game, if you’re going to be in this business. I’ve been nice, I’ve never fought with them, I’ve never run from them. My kids grew up with them jumping out of the bushes in Malibu.
The “RHOB” star admitted that she and her family always had a good relationship with the press, so it was “shocking” for her to be sued.
Rinna, who has refused to pay the hefty sum has filed a response to Backgrid, accusing them of taking advantage of the Copyright Act.
A Counter Response
In the documents she filed, the “Days Of Our Lives” star claimed that although the agency has filed almost 50 infringement cases since 2017, two-thirds of those cases happened between 2020 and 2021.
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The reality star’s lawyers alleged that as a result of the pandemic, the photo agency lost money because most celebrities have been staying indoors, and even when they step out, their masks make it hard to recognize them.
The counter lawsuit also mentioned that Rinna’s success as an actress and reality star was the only reason her image confers monetary value to the photo agency.
As a result, her legal team noted that they believed there was an implied license between the paparazzi and the actress, giving her permission to use photos of her and her family.
The housewife defended her push back against the lawsuit, saying she could understand paying a small amount of money, but $1.2 million was too much as she felt something was fishy about the whole legal controversy.