Duff confronts 'disgusting' paparazzi taking photos of son's soccer game

Hilary Duff is standing up to the paparazzi to protect her family’s privacy.

The Younger star took to Instagram on Saturday to capture a run-in with a photographer who was snapping photos of kids at her child’s soccer game.

“Hey, who are you here with?” Duff can be heard saying to the photographer. When he responds, “I’m here with me,” she asks, “Do you know any of the people on the team? Can you stop taking pictures of the kids please?”

When the photographer responded that it’s legal to do so, Duff replied that it was making her “really uncomfortable.” He goes on to offer to show her identification, to which the actress responded, “I’m not asking you to show me ID. I’m asking you to stop taking pictures of our 7-year-old children if you don’t know anyone that’s here. I’m asking you, human to human, as a mother, if you don’t know anyone here can you please stop taking pictures of our children playing football this morning.”


Duff continued to confront the photographer, who told her it is legal and he was just “practicing photography.”

“I’m not here to scare you or anything like that,” he said. “Your paranoia factor is unwarranted.”

“No, it’s just an uncomfortability factor that these are 7-year-old children and you don’t have a child here,” Duff told the photographer. “I will just post this to my 15 million followers on Instagram, and let people know how creepy it is that this is what you choose to do on your Saturday morning.”

The photographer went on to shove his hand in front of Duff’s camera, which then stopped recording.

Several other famous parents chimed in in the comments to support Duff’s frustrations.

“THIS IS INFURIATING,” wrote Busy Philipps. “This isn't about his job or his ‘rights.’ This is about his OWN perceived POWER over others. I imagine it's the only time this pathetic person feels any power in his life. I know it's illegal for an adult not with a child to be inside a playground — how is taking pictures of children without parental consent legal?!??”

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Nikki Reed commented, “This is beyond unacceptable and I stand behind you with an army of mothers who applaud you for refusing to back down in an instance where yet again, a paparazzi is stating his right to photograph minors.”

This isn’t the first time that Duff has taken the paparazzi to task for photographing her children. Back in December, the star took to her Instagram stories to document three people she claimed were photographers trailing her and her son Luca, 7, and daughter Banks, 1.

“Here I am, just trying to get around with both my kids, and I have paparazzi following me everywhere I go,” Duff said in a series of Instagram videos. “Two grown men — three actually. One’s running away across the street. Just following me and my kids to every location I go to. In a world where women are getting all these rights, this doesn’t seem right to me, at all. At all. All day long.”

Duff also turned the camera on her son, showing how the paparazzi’s presence affects him. “How much do you like when the paparazzi follows you?” she asked the boy. “Makes you sad, huh? You hate it.”

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Actress and mom Hilary Duff announces the 'Imagine If, With Jif' contest kick off with Jif� Peanut Butter on August 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Jif)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 26: Hilary Duff is seen on July 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG002/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Hilary Duff seen on the streets of Manhattan on June 05, 2018 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 04: Hilary Duff attends 'Younger' season 5 premiere party at Cecconi's Dumbo on June 4, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 19: Actress Hilary Duff attends the Vulture Festival Presented By AT&T - Milk Studios, Day 1 at Milk Studios on May 19, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Vulture Festival)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: Hilary Duff is seen filming 'Younger' in Union Square on March 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: Actress Hilary Duff and Matthew Koma are seen walking in Soho on December 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Hilary Duff attends the 2017 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party at Sunset Tower on September 15, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 550 -- Pictured: Actress/singer Hilary Duff arrives on June 28, 2017 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: Hilary Duff attends 'Younger' season four premiere party at Mr. Purple on June 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 19: Singer/Actress Hilary Duff is seen is seen walking in Midtown on June 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 19: Singer/Actress Hilary Duff is seen is seen walking in Midtown on June 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13: Actress Hilary Duff is seen filming 'Youger' in Union Square on June 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Actress Hilary Duff is seen filming 'Younger' in Union Square on June 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13: Actress Hilary Duff is seen filming 'Youger' in Union Square on June 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Actress Hilary Duff is seen filming 'Younger' in Union Square on June 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Hilary Duff and Molly Bernard are seen filming 'Younger' on April 26, 2017 in New York, New York. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Actress Actress Hilary Duff is seen walking in Soho on April 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 07: Actress Hilary Duff attends a toast to Michele Promaulayko, the new Editor-In-Chief of Cosmopolitan, on March 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Cosmopolitan)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 07: Hilary Duff attends the Callie Collection Wines launch event with Hilary Duff at La Sirena on March 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Callie Collection)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Hilary Duff is seen on February 28, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG015/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Hilary Duff brightens up her blonde with celebrity hairstylist, Riawna Capri and Joico's Blonde Life on February 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 01: Hilary Duff is seen on February 01, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG015/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 28: Hilary Duff arrives at the Entertainment Weekly hosts celebration honoring nominees for The Screen Actors Guild Awards held at Chateau Marmont on January 28, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 27: Actress Hilary Duff attends Harper's Bazaar Celebrates 150 Most Fashionable Women at Sunset Tower Hotel on January 27, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: Hilary Duff is seen on January 09, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG009/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Hilary Duff arrives at the 18th Annual Post-Golden Globes Party hosted by Warner Bros. Pictures and InStyle at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 08: Hilary Duff is seen on December 08, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG015/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Hilary Duff and Jason Walsh are seen at LAX on November 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30: Actress Hilary Duff attends Entertainment Weekly's Popfest at The Reef on October 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Hilary Duff is seen on October 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG005/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30: Actor Nico Tortorella and actress Hilary Duff attend Entertainment Weekly's Popfest at The Reef on October 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Singer/Actress Hilary Duff is seen walking in Soho on September 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Hilary Duff is seen at LAX on September 29, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Peter Hermann, Miriam Shor, Hilary Duff, Molly Bernard, Debi Mazar, Sutton Foster and Nico Tortorella attends the 'Younger' Season 3 & 'Impastor' Season 2 New York Premiere at Vandal on September 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Hilary Duff attends the Build Series to discuss 'Younger' at AOL HQ on September 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
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When Duff was pregnant with daughter Banks, she shared a video on Instagram of a man she claimed was following her and taking her photograph at her son’s soccer game. “This guy has been at my son’s soccer game this morning then followed me to my sister’s house and was basically parked in her driveway to get photos,” the former Disney star wrote on Instagram, adding, “I politely asked him to let me be and he continues to follow and stalk me down like prey for hours now. This is not OK. I am 9 months pregnant.”

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