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Last Updated: Monday, 2 June, 2003, 11:38 GMT 12:38 UK
Streisand sues over mansion photos
Barbra Streisand
Streisand shares a home with husband James Brolin
Barbra Streisand is suing a photographer for $10m (6m) for allegedly publishing pictures of her Malibu mansion on the internet.

The actress and singer has filed a lawsuit against millionaire Ken Adelman, accusing him of invasion of privacy for compromising her security by posting details of her home.

Mr Adelman and his wife Gabrielle are said to have taken the aerial pictures as part of a survey into the erosion of the Californian coastline.

Streisand, who is married to actor James Brolin, has taken offence at the high quality of the photographs which she called "staggering".

She said the pictures, taken from a helicopter flown by Ms Adelman, showed the layout of Streisand's garden, pool, windows and doors.

Complete record

The photograph on the website was one of 12,000 published by Mr Andelman of the coastline as part of a campaign to highlight damage caused by building developments.

Streisand said that because she has been subject to "past threats to her personal safety" she has gone to great lengths to protect her privacy.

But Mr Adelman said he had not targeted Streisand's house and refused to remove it from the website.

"Our goal is to create a complete record of the California coastline," Mr Adelman.

"It is not possible to provide the public with a complete record without the photographs of the coast that happen to include Ms Streisand's estate. We do not believe in giving special treatment to wealthy coastal land owners."

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