*Jennifer Hudson is being sued by a New York photographer who has accused the singer of stealing his photo and posting it on her Instagram page.
Photographer Fernando Ramales has taken legal action against JHud for ‘sharing a pap photo of herself without permission’.
A lawyer for Ramales told Page Six: “More and more celebrities are using social media to reach out to their fans to promote their brand by using photographs. But, Ms Hudson and her company did not get the proper permissions to use the photograph and they also cropped out the photographer’s watermark identifying him as the copyright holder. You simply cannot do that.”
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Court documents show a screenshot from Hudson’s Instagram post dated Dec. 31, 2019, showing Ramales’ photo of the “Dreamgirls” star wearing an iridescent pink blazer and thigh-high stilettos.
Hudson captioned the pic, “Me walking out of 2019 into 2020 like ….just as grateful as I can be ! Thank u Lord for all you’ve done for me ! I hope u all find your joy in the new year !” At the time of the post, the photo remains on the site.
Ramales is seeking up to $175,000 in damages for the copyright infringement, plus attorneys’ fees.
Jennifer Lopez, Mandy Moore, Bella Hadid, and Ellen Barkin are among the celebrities who have been sued by photogs for allegedly using their work and posting it on social media without permission, per MSN.