One Direction’s Harry Styles wins court injunction against paparazzi

The singer launched harassment proceedings last December

One Direction singer Harry Styles has won permanent injunctions against four paparazzi photographers.

The singer went to the High Court last December (2013) to prevent photographers following him in the street and taking pictures near his home. The Evening Standard reports that he went to court as a last resort after trying to persuade a number of photographers to stop their behaviour voluntarily.

Four photographers, who were not named in court, have now agreed to stop harassing the singer. The pop star’s lawyer David Sherborne told the High Court that Styles was keen to emphasise that he was not bringing a privacy injunction and “is not attempting to stop fans approaching him in the street”.

The four paparrazi agreed to a permanent order under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 to stop following Styles through streets in the UK, putting him under surveillance near his home and general harassment. A fifth photographer is yet to be identified and the case has been adjourned for four weeks while efforts continue to trace him.

“I hope we have seen an end to the crazy pursuit of the claimant when he’s not on official duties,” Sherborne added.