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Gigi Hadid Is Being Sued for Posting a Photo of Ex-boyfriend Zayn Malik

Supermodel Gigi Hadid has been accused of copyright infringement by a a New York based professional photographer.

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Updated:September 15, 2019, 6:59 PM IST
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Gigi Hadid Is Being Sued for Posting a Photo of Ex-boyfriend Zayn Malik
Supermodel Gigi Hadid has been accused of copyright infringement by a a New York based professional photographer.

Gigi Hadid is reportedly being sued over a photo she posted of ex-boyfriend, singer Zayn Malik. Photographer Robert O'Neil has filed a lawsuit against the supermodel in the Southern District of New York, citing copyright infringement.

In the court documents obtained by E! News, it's stated, "This action arises out of Defendant's unauthorized reproduction and public display of a copyrighted photograph of English singer and songwriter Zayn Malik, owned and registered by O'Neil, a New York based professional photographer."

The documents also claim that Hadid "infringed" O'Neil's copyright by "reproducing and publicly displaying" the photo of Malik on her Instagram Story. "Gigi Hadid is not, and has never been, licensed or otherwise authorized to reproduce, publically display, distribute and/or use the Photograph," the docs state.

In order to resolve this issue, O'Neil wants 24-year-old Hadid, who has yet to comment on the lawsuit, to declare that she did infringe his copyrights by posting the photo. O'Neil is also seeking to be awarded either "actual damages and Defendant's profits, gains or advantages of any kind attributable to Defendant's infringement of Plaintiff's Photograph" or "statutory damages of up to $150,000."

Though she has not yet spoken out about this specific case, this is not the first time Hadid is facing charges like this. Hadid had commented publicly in October 2018 after being sued for posting a since-deleted paparazzi photo of herself.

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