Vintage photographer Robert Leggett has been a pioneer in the industry for years, but recently, he’s had to reckon with the fact that his work is now on the wrong side of the law.
Leggitt has been fined $25,000 and will have to pay a $1,000 fine to the state of Tennessee after he allegedly posted a photo of a man with a baby bump on Instagram in 2016.
Leggett, who lives in Tennessee, was caught in the middle of the story after a woman in the state called the Nashville Police Department to report the photo.
The woman’s story was eventually corroborated by the woman’s ex-boyfriend.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began looking into the case in 2017 and found that the man in the photo was in fact not the man the woman claimed to have seen, but a man who had been married and had been involved in a domestic violence dispute with the man.
Leaggett was charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly violating a local ordinance and was fined $5,000, but the fine was reduced to $25.50 after Leggetts attorney submitted evidence to support his case.
The case is currently on appeal to the Tennessee Supreme Court.
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In August 2016, Blags and his wife, Sarah Blaggs, celebrated their honeymoon in Lake Wales, Florida with their daughter, Sarah, with the help of a family friend who shared a picture of their honeymoons, which were captured by the camera on a mobile phone.
The couple posted the photo on Facebook and immediately received negative feedback and backlash from people who saw the photo and thought it was fake.
It was quickly removed from the page, but not before Blags took down the post.
The couple then posted a new picture of the photo of their son, whose name is Robert Blaghgers, who was born with the condition of cerebral palsy.
The photo was taken with the Blags wedding day, which they had planned to celebrate with their daughters and friends.
However, after the post went viral, it was shared hundreds of times and the couple was inundated with comments.
“I’m a big believer in authenticity and the fact this picture wasn’t real, so the reaction to it was really upsetting to me,” Sarah Blaggs told the Daily Dot.
“I felt really, really betrayed by it.
We’re not doing this because we’re fake, we’re doing this for love.”
Sarah Blagg’s family members contacted the local police department to file a complaint about the photo, and the department then started investigating the couple.
In March, the Blagger family received a letter from the police department stating that it was investigating the Facebook post as a hate crime.
The police department stated that the Blagggers photo had been shared hundreds and thousands of times on social media, and that it had also received criticism from members of the public who claimed it was photoshopped.
The letter also stated that it would be taking “action against those who post such content on social networks.”
Sarah and Robert Blagger posted the following statement on Facebook:”We are devastated that this has occurred.
Our family and friends are incredibly proud of Robert and we are all in shock and heartbroken for the hurt this has caused to us and our family.
The photos have never been published or distributed in this manner and have never crossed our family’s mind.”
The police department also informed the Blaghgs that the investigation had ended.
But after a lengthy court battle, they were awarded $10,000 in damages from the city of Lake Wales and the Blagygs.
“It’s a slap in the face to all of us,” Sarah told the Huffington Post.
“It’s kind of like a slap to us that we’ve spent the past eight years trying to get justice for a man that was murdered by police.”
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