Hollywood couple are angry over articles on Mail Online featuring paparazzi shots of the pair with their baby daughter and promoting fashion purchases
The couple are angry about news stories on the Mail Online site which they say featured “wrongful publication of paparazzi photographs of family outings”, according to a statement released to the Hollywood Reporter. Their lawsuit also cites the allegation that the stories were used to “promote clothing products by the Mail”.
The statement reads: “Ashton and Mila understandably value their private and family life, and in particular their personal time with their daughter. Like any other family they should be allowed to enjoy family outings without being pursued by photographers. They have made it clear that they do not agree to the publication of photographs of such occasions.”
According to the BBC, the lawsuit alleges misuse of private information and breaches of the Data Protection Act.
Mail Online routinely posts paparazzi shots of famous and not-so-famous people accompanied by fashion boxouts inviting their readers to purchase items of clothing similar or identical to those worn by celebrities. Two pieces about Kunis and Kutcher remain visible online, from June and July.
The couple, whose daughter Wyatt was born in October, become the latest powerful Hollywood figures to take on the Mail. George Clooney called out the newspaper in July last year for falsely suggesting that the mother of his wife Amal Alamuddin did not approve of the duo’s impending nuptials because she was a member of Lebanon’s Druze community. The Mail later apologised but Clooney refused to accept the climbdown, calling the newspaper “the worst kind of tabloid” in a statement to USA Today.
The Guardian has approached the Mail for comment.
This article was written by Ben Child, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 28th July 2015 11.55 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010