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Miller’s lawyers, 5RB, said in a summary of the hearing that the actress is claiming injunctive relief and damages for “a campaign of harassment since June 2008.” The firm said Miller’s case is the first to use Britain’s 1997 Protection From Harassment Act against the paparazzi, adding Big Pictures’ photographers had both employed dangerous methods, such as driving through red lights, and engaged in intimidating or abusive behavior in the course of obtaining pictures of her. “Ms. Miller claims that the effect of this upon her has been substantial, seriously frightening her and causing her huge distress and anxiety,” the firm said. A spokesman for Big Pictures could not be reached for comment Friday, but British press reports said Lyons and the agency are contesting Miller’s claims. The case is expected to be heard in full early next year.
— Nina Jones