Jennifer Aniston is suing a paparazzo, claiming he invaded her privacy by using a telephoto lens to photograph her topless at her house.
The lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court alleges that photographer Peter Brandt must have observed the 36-year-old actress “from a great distance through invasive, intrusive and unlawful measures.”
The photos “could have been taken only by means of trespass” and were shot in a place where she had reasonable expectations of privacy, claims Aniston, who starred on NBC’s “Friends,” in the lawsuit.
Brandt said he took the pictures three weeks ago while standing on a public street in Los Angeles about 300 yards from her house. He said was trying to photograph Aniston with Vince Vaughn, who was at the house at the time. Aniston and the 35-year-old actor are reported to be dating.
“I wish she hadn’t just walked out topless,” said Brandt. “That’s not what I was looking for.”
Brandt said Aniston was in her backyard, which had small bushes but no fence.
The lawsuit alleged Brandt had shown the topless pictures to agencies.
Brandt declined comment on whether he had shown the pictures to agencies, but said he had no intention of selling them.
Brandt’s celebrity photos have appeared in People magazine and the New York Post.
Aniston is seeking monetary damages and a court order to stop Brandt and anyone else from making money from the photos.
The actress previously sued a different photographer for allegedly scaling a neighbor’s 8-foot wall and photographing her sunbathing topless in her backyard. The photos ran in several publications.
Francois Navarre, owner of Los Angeles paparazzi agency X-17 paid Aniston $550,000 two years ago to settle an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit but didn’t admit to any wrongdoing.
Aniston’s latest lawsuit comes as the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is investigating whether increasingly aggressive celebrity photographers are initiating confrontations to capture lucrative photos.
Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Lindsay Lohan have had alleged run-ins with paparazzi in recent months.