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Adele's toddler son awarded damages in lawsuit over paparazzi photos

July 23, 2014 at 9:56 AM ET

A British court on Wednesday awarded damages to Adele's toddler son over paparazzi photos that were taken and published of the little boy that the singer said were snapped without permission.

Pictures of Angelo, nearly two, were taken in June and November 2013 and sold by Corbis Images UK. The Grammy-winning singer and her partner, Simon Konecki, who is the little boy's father, had filed suit against the agency for the photos of "milestone moments." The singer's attorney argued in London's High Court that Adele was always insistent her son not be "public property."

"It is a matter of profound sadness that many of his milestone moments, such as his first family outing and his first trip to playgroup, were photographed and published worldwide expressly against his family's wishes," said the lawyer.

Adele joins celebrities including Jennifer Garner, Halle Berry, Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell in speaking out about keeping their children out of the public eye a safe from aggressive paparazzi. Garner and Berry testified at a hearing to support a California bill that would keep photographers away from the children of celebrities; the bill was signed into law in September. Shepard and Bell have asked fans to cease buying magazines that publish photos of stars' children.

"The fact of the matter is, we ask for these jobs but our kids don't," said TODAY's Matt Lauer Wednesday.

The five-figure sum awarded to little Angelo will be kept in trust, Adele's lawyer told the BBC. She added that his parents would "continue to do all they can to protect Angelo's rights in relation to the paparazzi, including taking legal action where necessary."

Corbis did not respond to NBC News' request for comment.

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