Gigi Hadid has been hit with a federal lawsuit demanding damages for reposting a photo of herself on social media, only months after she unleashed a tirade on social media against the paparazzi.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a company named Xclusive-Lee Inc. claims they own the rights to a photo of Gigi taken in October 2018. They allege she took the image and posted it to her Instagram without license or permission (she deleted it a short time later).
They point out she has over 43 million followers and 1.6 million followers commented on the post in question within four days.
The suit claims that Hadid should have known better because she has been sued for this before. The lawsuit states, "Prior to October 12, 2018, Hadid had first-hand knowledge that copying and posting photographs, of herself or other subject matters, to her Instagram or other social media accounts that she did not properly license or otherwise receive permission from the copyright holder constituted copyright infringement.”
The company points to a 2017 lawsuit filed against with almost identical claims but that case settled quickly.
A few days after she posted and deleted the photo in question, Gigi Hadid wrote a lengthy post on Instagram alluding to the lawsuit and lashing out at the paparazzi.
She wrote, "I (& countless others) have stayed inside because I just don’t want my photo taken or to have that attention/suffocation while just trying to live as normally as possible, and for someone to take a situation where I was trying to be open, and sue me for a photo I FOUND ON TWITTER (with no photographer’s name on the image), for a photo he has already been paid for my whatever outlet put it online (!!!), is absurd."
"To the paparazzi, I understand that this is how you make your living, and I respect that this is something I must accept with my job. But there is a line," Hadid added. "We are human beings, and sometimes it takes a lot of courage to engage with you because of the resentment I feel for the negative parts of these experiences."
Xclusive-Lee Inc. is suing demanding an injunction against Hadid from using their work ever again and for all profits she made from using their photo without permission.