Saturday, May 31, 2003
Los Angeles Barbra Streisand is suing an aerial photographer and his associates for $10 million, claiming pictures they provide to others of her Malibu home and property violate her right to privacy.
Photographer Kenneth Adelman, 39, of Watsonville; his Web hosting service, Layer42.net; and Pictopia, a photo agency that disseminates his work, were named in the lawsuit.
It was filed May 20 in Los Angeles Superior Court and alleges five counts of privacy intrusion, including violation of the state's anti-paparazzi act.
Adelman's California Coastal Records Project Web site provides an aerial photography survey of the California coast for scientific and other researchers. His nonprofit organization has already captured 12,000 images.
Streisand's lawsuit alleges that detailed photographs of her property and residence she said were taken by Adelman and sold by Pictopia identify routes to enter her property and provide details that can't be seen from a public vantage point.
The lawsuit cites experiences with "stalkers, threats to her safety, and undesirable personalities" who Streisand says are now provided a "road map into her residence" by the Web site's pictures.