LATEST: A judge has ordered Barbra Streisand to hand over $154,000 (GBP85,500) to a man she lost a court battle to, after months of delay in reaching a payment agreement.
The singer and actress took photographer KEN ADELMAN to court for $10 million (GBP5.5 million) last year (03) in her quest to have two photographs of her Malibu, California, home removed from his environmental website.
But LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT judge ALLAN GOODMAN ruled the pictures - posted to chronicle the erosion of the California coastline - didn't violate her privacy, and rejected the FUNNY GIRL star's request for an injunction, ordering her to pay defendant Adelman's legal fees.
Adelman's attorney, RICHARD KENDALL, told American TV show Celebrity Justice that the parties were ordered to get together and work out a settlement, but that Streisand absolutely refused to agree on any amount - she simply wasn't going to pay.
So they went back to court, where Adelman had to file a motion to get the court to order her to turn over the money.
The judge had no choice but to come up with his own judgment. And the final decision ordered Streisand to pay Adelman's attorney fees in the amount of $139,000 (GBP77,200), and since Adelman had to go back to court to force her to pay, the judge tacked on another $15,000 (GBP8,300) for legal fees. This made Streisand's grand total $154,000.
That judgment fell about $40,000 short of what Adelman had asked for, but he says the fact that the judge deemed Streisand's case without merit is the true victory.
Streisand has until the end of May (04) to pay up.23/05/2004 21:16