Kendall Jenner Lashes Out at TMZ, Paparazzi Over Privacy Concerns

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“You’re putting my life in danger,” the model tweeted to TMZ.

Two days after Kendall Jenner’s alleged stalker was arrested at her house, the reality star and model is firing back against TMZ for enabling the trespasser and revealing her location.

Her backlash brings up the long-standing question about privacy rights of public figures, as Jenner posted Thursday, “I understand what I’ve signed up for, but when you release the exact location to where I live THAT is when you’re putting my life in danger.”

She continued, “Your home is your safe haven, but for me, cuz of outlets like you, my home is anything BUT. You should be ashamed of yourself.”

The message came after TMZ on Thursday posted a video about the arrest of her stalker, John Ford, 37. He was arrested for a restraining order violation and is due in court on Nov. 6, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. His bail was set at $20,000. 

The TMZ video depicted images of the hills and mountains near Jenner’s home, which the stalker allegedly climbed to get onto her property. In Jenner’s tweet to the media site, she likened the paparazzi behavior to that of a stalker and blamed the outlet for making it easier for trespassers to find her.

“And how do you guys think these terrifying people know where my house is? Cuz you release not only photos but my location. It is so beyond unsafe. Is this not our one ounce of privacy we can get???” she wrote.

Other stars from Jennifer Garner to Halle Berry have spoken up about privacy violations for public figures and their children, with Berry advocating for a bill to redefine harassment, which was signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown in 2013. 

The same day, model Gigi Hadid raised more questions about privacy rights and issues with paparazzi. Hadid explained on Instagram that a photographer was threatening to sue her because she posted a paparazzi photo of herself on social media. "I understand that this is part of my job," she wrote. "Leaving my apartment, or anytime I feel that my privacy is being unreasonably intruded upon, doing everyday things feel harder to face." Hadid criticized paps for driving "dangerously close and extremely recklessly" and admitted to days where she stays inside, because she doesn't want her photo taken or "to have that attention/suffocation while just trying to live as normally as possible." 

Other stars agreed, with Kylie Jenner commenting, "'We're 'public figures' and it's legal for them to invade our privacy. It's pretty disappointing. We gotta change this." Ruby Rose added, "So much yes. It's a double standard I've never understood." 

Khloe Kardashian chimed in, explaining that she was sued for hundreds of thousands of dollars for posting a picture of herself. "I don't understand how it's right that they literally stalk us and taunt us AND they are allowed to sue us for posting OUR OWN PHOTO." 

However, Timothy Foster, an intellectual property attorney at Sam P. Israel P.C. tells The Hollywood Reporter over email, “Fair or unfair, the law doesn’t give even famous subjects any rights to use or distribute somebody else’s work without permission.” He says the creator of the artwork owns the photo, and subjects generally do not share in the copyright. They can seek permission from the artist to use it, often in exchange for a social media tag, licensing agreement or payment.