Ariana Grande is being sued by a New York-based photographer for allegedly posting two of his paparazzi shots on her Instagram account.
Photographer Robert Barbera claims the “Thank U, Next “singer shared pictures he took of her, which “infringed” on his rights. He reportedly filed the lawsuit against Grande and her company, Grandari, on Monday in the U.S District Court for the Southern District of New York.
In the photos he captured, Grande is seen wearing a grey sweatshirt dress, cream boots, and carrying a bag with the name of her album Sweetener. She shared two of the photos to her account Aug. 17, the day her album was released and captioned the Instagram posts: “Happy Sweetener Day.”
According to NBC News, Barbera is seeking $25,000 for each photo or make a profit from what Grande earned from sharing them. The picture is said to have gained over 3 million likes but has since been deleted.
Back in March, Grande shared her thoughts and frustrations on press photographers when she made restrictive rules on photographers covering the Sweetener World Tour, which included them to hand over the rights to their photos to her tour company.
However, she isn’t the first time a celebrity has been accused of copyright violation for posting photos to their social media accounts.
In January, model Gigi Hadid was sued by a New York photo agency for posting a photo they had taken to her 44 million followers on Instagram without their consent. The agency said, “ She copied and uploaded a copyrighted image.”