Just because Bruce Jenner recently shared his decision to transition into a woman with millions of viewers in a very public TV interview doesn’t mean the Olympian-turned-reality star doesn’t value his privacy.
At issue is a series of photos, published last week in The New York Daily News and aired on CNN, that show Jenner wearing a long black-and-white striped dress while smoking a cigarette outside his Malibu home.
A rep for Jenner, however, claims the grainy pics were taken from as far as a mile away using a telephoto lens, and violated his right to privacy. The photos have since been removed from the websites of both news outlets.
A spokesman for Jenner told The New York Post“s Page Six that “both Daily News and CNN pulled the photos sold to them by X17 once they found out they were illegally obtained. The agency no longer is selling those photos [since] they confirmed they were shot illegally.”
Although Jenner has not filed a lawsuit — yet — Jenner’s attorney, Marty Singer, has come out swinging. “The photos were clearly unlawfully taken from a very long distance using an enhancement device,”; says the lawyer. “Bruce Jenner is going to enforce his right to privacy.”
As Page Six points out, California law holds that photographers who use telephoto lenses to photograph anyone engaged in “personal or familial activity”; can be found liable for invasion of privacy, which certainly appears to be the case here.