Jennifer Hudson is being sued by a New York City photographer who claims she jacked his photo and posted it to Instagram.
Although the photo is of Jennifer, the photographer, Fernando Ramales, says he owns the rights to it, the New York Post reports.
The shutterbug claims he took a picture of the "Dreamgirls" star on Dec. 21, 2019, and sold that picture to a news agency. He alleges that 10 days later, Jennifer removed the watermark and posted it on her personal Instagram.
"Me walking out of 2019 into 2020 like ….just as grateful as I can be ! Thank u Lord for all you've done for me ! I hope u all find your joy in the new year !" she captioned the shot of herself in a pink blazer and over-the-knee boots.
Fernando claims that by posting his photo, which reportedly garnered 32,000 "likes" on social media, Jennifer greatly devalued it. He is suing for $175,000, plus attorneys fees for the alleged copyright infringement. Jennifer's company is also named in the lawsuit.
"More and more celebrities are using social media to reach out to their fans to promote their brand by using photographs," the photog's lawyer said. "But Ms. Hudson and her company did not get the proper permissions to use the photograph, and they also cropped out the photographer's watermark identifying him as the copyright holder. You simply can't do that."
Jennifer joins a growing list of celebrities who've been sued by paparazzi photographers for allegedly posting their images to social media. Earlier this year, Ellen Barkin was sued by a photographer, as was Amy Schumer.