Cheryl Cole has taken out a new High Court injunction which threatens ANYONE who takes her photo with jail. The banning order comes following claims that Cheryl is set to reunite with her ex-Ashley and applies to all UK citizens, from the paparazzi to fans who may spot the Girls Aloud member in the street.
According to the Daily Star, the order states it has been issued against “XYZ and others”, explaining that means anyone who has photographed her “at her home and in the street during 2011”.
The legal notice goes on to threaten: “Any person who knows of this order and disobeys this order... may be held to be in contempt of court and may be imprisoned, fined or have their assets seized.”
The order also bans “the defendants” – anyone who has taken her picture this year – from following Cheryl “whether by car, van, motorcycle, or by any means howsoever”, or approaching within 100 metres of her home. Employees, bosses and even friends of the “defendants” are also restricted – meaning if you know someone who has taken Cheryl’s pic you could be prosecuted if you do the same.
Media lawyer Ambi Sitham told the newspaper the injunction was “pretty much the first of its kind”, saying: “What it means is her loyal fans who may be camping out to see if she is OK after the US X Factor fiasco and may snap a quick photo may also be caught out by the terms of the order.
“This is a hugely significant injunction as it is likely many other celebrities will follow in applying for similar orders.
“It is likely to come under much criticism as the general public will find it very odd that a celebrity will be happily posing for a photo at an event, and indeed will want their photo taken, yet someone can go to jail for taking a paparazzi photo of them.”
The bizarre injunction has been made even more strange after the courts also banned the case and evidence presented from being reported on.