Sienna Miller


Sienna Miller scored some big bucks—and a bigger promise—in her battle with paparazzi.

The erstwhile Factory Girl won $79,000 in damages, as well as court costs, to resolve a harassment lawsuit she brought against a photo agency for violating her privacy.

Perhaps more importantly, her lawyers also obtained a promise from said shutterbugs not to hound her when she's at her London residence or with her family.

Miller, 26, sued Big Pictures UK Limited for unleashing its photographers on her, making her life "intolerable" and causing her "substantial harm, fear and enormous distress."

With a trial fast approaching and the actress already having reached a deal with the agency's partners-in-prying, The Sun and News of the World, Big Pictures decided to play nice. (The tabs forked over $55,000, court fees and an public apology.)

As part of the agreement approved by London's High Court, Big Pictures agreed not to republish or syndicate 23 photos taken of Miller in London, Los Angeles and Ibiza between June and September. Those images led to the revelation of her affair with then-married Balthazar Getty and prompted a public backlash, their eventual split and her recent legal salvo.

The firm also pledged not to pursue her in office buildings not open to the public where she has a reasonable expectation of privacy.

However, the settlement still allows the agency and its army of cameramen to snap pics of the Layer Cake star in public spaces such as outside of bars, nightclubs and eateries and along sidewalks.

Her lawyer, Mark Thomson, said he hopes the pact might hopefully set a precedent and dissuade paparazzi from aggressive tactics that have made Miller and other celebrities' lives miserable.

"It's not a binding court ruling but it may well encourage other celebrities and those followed in such a way to take action," the legal eagle told Reuters. "We hope that people will back off my client as a result of this."

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