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March 6, 2004
Barbra Streisand, Deadbeat

Barbra Streisand's $10 million lawsuit against software developer and environmentalist Kenneth Adelman backfired on her recently, with a judgment against her for over $200,000 in legal fees and court costs to be paid to Adelman. So far, the reclusive entertainer has yet to comply with the court order:

A man sued by singer Barbra Streisand for posting photos of her Malibu mansion on the Internet claims she is refusing to pay his $220,000 legal bill after he won the case.

A judge in December dismissed Streisand's $10 million invasion of privacy suit against retired software entrepreneur Kenneth Adelman, his Internet service provider and a photo agency that distributes his work. The singer was ordered to pay his legal fees and costs.

Adelman filed papers Thursday in Superior Court seeking another court order that Streisand pay an estimated $204,000 in legal fees from the original case, along with $15,000 in fees spent to enforce the first order.

For those who may not be familiar with the case, Adelman took extensive aerial photographs of the California coastline and combined it with some programming, posting the results on the California Coastal Records Project Web site. The effort intended on documenting the damage done to the coastline from natural and man-made efforts by keeping a documentary record of the Pacific Coast.

This is exactly the sort of effort that normally would be applauded by people like Streisand except when it intrudes on their lives. Streisand tried to block publication of the photographs by using the novel idea that when she bought her Malibu mansion, her property rights included all of the air space above it. She was eager enough to take the dispute to court, but now that she lost, she doesn't want to play any more. I doubt she would have approved of Adelman ignoring the judge's orders had the decision gone the other way.

Just another example of the hypocrisy of limousine liberals ...

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at March 6, 2004 10:31 AM

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