Singer Harry Styles has won permanent High Court orders against four members of the paparazzi in his legal battle to end the “crazy pursuit” of him.
His barrister told a judge in London today that four individuals had so far been identified since harassment proceedings were launched last year.
David Sherborne said he was “happy to inform” Mr Justice Dingemans that the four defendants consented to permanent injunctions – while efforts were continuing to identify other photographers.
In December, One Direction star Styles, now 20, went to court as a last resort after trying to persuade a number of photographers to stop their behaviour voluntarily.
At that stage he was granted an injunction against unnamed individuals – “Paparazzi AAA and others” – preventing them from pursuing the singer by car or motorcycle, placing him under surveillance, loitering or waiting within 50 metres of his place of residence to monitor his movements or take photos of him in such circumstances.
Mr Sherborne said Styles, who was not in court for today’s hearing, was very keen to emphasise that he was not seeking a “privacy injunction”, nor was he trying to prevent fans from approaching him in the street and taking photographs as he was “happy with that”.
The High Court has heard the action relates to “the method or tactics which have been used by a certain type of photographer”.
Mr Sherborne told Mr Justice Dingemans that the four had been identified “by virtue of their motor vehicles and other information”, and inquiries were continuing to be made through the DVLA in an attempt to identify others.
It was hoped that because of the protection the courts had given the star, other individuals “have in fact gone to ground and that is the last we hear of them”.
Mr Sherborne asked the judge to adjourn the case for four weeks as further inquiries were being made.
He said it was hoped that when the case returned to court “it will be clear whether we can identify those remaining individuals and progress proceedings, or instead bring this successful claim to an end, having achieved an end to the crazy pursuit of the claimant when he is not on official duties”.
Granting the adjournment, the judge continued the original injunction against unnamed members of the paparazzi.