Lisa Rinna Fires Back at ‘Shocking’ $1.2 Million Paparazzi Lawsuit: It’s Hard to Say ‘That’s Okay’

In a new statement, ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star believes that there’s ‘something that’s not right’ after Backgrid sued her for images that only saw her kids with their masks on.

AceShowbizLisa Rinna has reacted to the $1.2 million lawsuit against her over paparazzi photos. In a new interview, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star divulged that the suit “is so shocking” to her.

“I’ve always seen it as a very symbiotic relationship,” the Taylor McBride depicter on “Melrose Place” said in an interview with Los Angeles Times published on Wednesday, October 6. She added, “It was part of the game, if you’re going to be in this business.”

Lisa further explained her relationship with paparazzi as saying, “I’ve been nice, I’ve never fought with them, I’ve never run from them.” The reality TV star continued, “My kids grew up with them jumping out of the bushes in Malibu. We’ve had a very good relationship with the press and the paparazzi. That’s why this is so shocking to me.”

“I understand paying a little bit. But to pay this much, it’s very hard for me to say that’s okay,” Lisa added. The “Days of Our Lives” alum then stressed, “There’s something that’s not right about this. Those photos are worth much less. I mean, it’s my kids with masks on.”

According to new court documents obtained by the publication, Lisa filed her own response claiming that Backgrid is “taking advantage” of the Copyright Act. The legal docs stated, “It is only because of Ms. Rinna’s hard work, dedication to her craft and resultant success that her image confers monetary benefits on the Plaintiff.”

“Having taken and used Defendant’s images in this fashion, Defendant is informed and believes and thereupon alleges, that an implied license was created between herself and the Plaintiff (and subject photographers),” so read the documents. “Whereby it was understood that Ms. Rinna would be permitted to use and comment on these photographs of her and her family without facing a claim of ‘infringement.’ “

In a previous episode of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”, Lisa herself hinted at her relationship with the paparazzi. While attending an event for Denise Richards, the mother of Amelia Hamlin noticed paparazzi snapping photos from afar. She then said, “On the positive side, there is paparazzi and there is a helicopter. You’re still doing well. If there was no helicopter or no paparazzi? Uhoh. Time for a job.”

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