Bella Hadid has been hit with a lawsuit accusing the model of ripping off a photographer.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Xposure Photo Agency is suing Bella for copyright infringement.
The suit says Xposure owns the copyright to several photos they took of Bella. The first was snapped at the 2016 GQ Men of the Year Awards, another set of her wearing a pink top, another arriving at a Tommy Hilfiger fitting and others of her walking around town.
The agency accuses Bella of taking their photos and posting them on her Instagram account. They never gave permission or were paid a dime for the photos being used.
Xposure says Bella started ripping off their work in September 2016 and continued till June 2018. They fired off a legal letter to Bella’s team demanding she remove the posts.
Bella allegedly ignored the letters and the photos are still on her Instagram account.
The suit states, “Hadid’s Instagram post made the Photographs immediately available to her over 21 million followers and others, consumers of entertainment news—and especially news and images of Hadid herself, as evidenced by their status as followers of her—who would otherwise be interested in viewing licensed versions of the Photographs in the magazines and newspapers that are plaintiff’s customers.”
The complaint continues, “Hadid uses her Instagram feed for the purposes of promotion—specifically, to promote her own business interests, products, and ventures; to promote and sell the products and services of others; to maintain and increase her visibility and desirability as an endorser, actress, model; and to promote her persona itself, since Hadid’s celebrity status and popularity is central to her ability to sell appearances in fashion shows and both television and print advertisements.”
The agency is suing for $150,000 per infringement plus an injunction against Bella from using their work.
The lawsuit comes only hours after Liam Hemsworth was hit with a similar lawsuit over his Instagram.
As The Blast first reported, Liam was sued by Splash News Photo Agency for posting a photo their paparazzi took of him on set of “Isn’t It Romantic”. They claim he took their work without permission and profited off it.
They are suing him for in excess of $150,000.