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Paparazzi out of control, using telephoto to take nude pics of teen girl in George Clooney’s home.

Posted by iusbvision on February 25, 2010

Any regular reader of this blog knows that we are committed to the integrity of the First Amendment. With that said your rights end when you do harm, violate someones realistic expectation of privacy or physically endanger others.

When paparazzi fly up to Britney Spears car on a motorcycle to film her mere inches away at 60 miles per hour that is dangerous. When paparazzi pokes their telephoto lens over your privacy fence to take pictures of what you are doing in your bedroom or livingroom they are violating someones realistic expectation of privacy.

It is time to bring this behavior to an end.

UK Times Online:

The actor George Clooney is reported to be selling the villa on Lake Como that he shares with his Italian girlfriend after their privacy was invaded by paparazzi and fans.

Potential buyers of the 18th-century Villa Oleandra at Laglio on Lake Como, which Clooney bought in 2002 for a reported $8 million, include the footballer David Beckham, who plays for AC Milan.

Clooney’s girlfriend, Elisabetta Canalis, a former Italian showgirl and television hostess, was reported to be “furious and exasperated” last summer when the villa was staked out by paparazzi. The couple were particularly angry when photographers climbed over the villa wall and took photos of an under-age girl while she was changing clothes in one of his guest rooms, as well as photos of Clooney and Canalis.

The actor said at the time: “I don’t know about the law in the United States but in Italy it’s illegal for photographers to climb over my wall and to take long-lens pictures of a 13-year-old girl in her bedroom. I draw the line of privacy at that.”

Guests at the villa have included Hollywood stars such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and scenes for the film Ocean’s Twelve were shot there. Property prices in the Como area have risen since the actor’s arrival.

Clooney and Canalis are said to be looking for “somewhere more private”, possibly in Le Marche or Sardinia.

Twenty years in the slam… and for those who buy the pics?

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