Aniston Sues Photog Over Topless Pics
According to papers filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Aniston, 36, is seeking monetary damages and a cease-and-desist order against Peter Brandt, a widely published photographer whom the former Friends star claims observed her "from a great distance through invasive, intrusive and unlawful measures," the Los Angeles Times reports.
The pictures "could have been taken only by means of trespass" and were shot in a place where she had reasonable expectations of privacy, according to the lawsuit on behalf of Aniston.
Brandt could not be reached for comment by the Times.
Simultaneous to filing the lawsuit against Brandt, Aniston's lawyers dispatched a warning to the media not to buy photos from him, saying that publications on both sides of the Atlantic could face invasion-of-privacy lawsuits if they use the shots, according to a letter obtained by the Smoking Gun Web site.
"If you are approached and offered the right to acquire and publish (any) of the photographs," read the letter from Aniston attorney John Lavely, "please inform the undersigned of the name and contact information of any person or persons who are offering to sell or license any of the photographs."
Lavely warned that "publication of the photographs would not only expose you to substantial damages ... but you ... will also be held liable for the embarrassment and emotional distress caused to Ms. Aniston by such publication."
In 2002, Aniston settled a lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court against a men's magazine publisher that ran photos of her sunbathing topless in her backyard.
Aniston sued Man's World Publications and Crescent Publishing Group in 2000, claiming the publishers had no right to run a photo of her "reclining topless in her backyard, wearing only her panties," court documents stated.
The photo was allegedly taken by a "stalkerazzi" who climbed a neighbor's wall to snap the shots with a telephoto lens in 1999.