Kate Middleton Topless Photos: French Court Blocks Issues of French Magazine “Closer”
Sep 18, 2012 11:00 AM EDT
(Photo : Reuters )
A judge in a French court ruled to block the French gossip magazine "Closer" from publishing its issue which revealed topless pictures of Kate Middleton sunbathing on a vacation in France at a private residence.
According to the injunction issued by the judge on Tuesday, the Closer must relinquish all copies within 24 hours to the court. In addition, the gossip magazine will be fined with $13,100 per day if it fails to handover all the published pictures by Friday. The injunction also forbids the magazine to sell or republish any of the pictures.
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The court ruling read as reported by the Associated Press: "These snapshots which showed the intimacy of a couple, partially naked on the terrace of a private home, surrounded by a park several hundred meters from a public road, and being able to legitimately assume that they are protected from passers-by, are by nature particularly intrusive...They were thus subjected to this brutal display the moment the cover appeared."
Lawyer for the royal couple, Maud Sobel told the Associated Press that royal family "welcome the judge's ruling," calling it "a wonderful decision... We've been vindicated."
It is still unclear whether the royal couple will file a similar suit against the Italian gossip magazine "Chi" The Italian magazine is owned by the same company which owns the French "Closer," Mondadori group, which is in turn owned by former Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi. The pictures appeared in the Monday's issue of "Chi"
On Saturday, the Royal family filed suit against the French gossip magazine, "Closer," for publishing the pictures, which the French court called a "brutal display of private moments," as reported by the Associated Press.
According to Radar Online, the royal palace released a legal statement as follows, "legal proceedings for breach of privacy have been commenced today in France" by the royal couple, which they described as "grotesque and totally unjustifiable."
"The complaint concerns the taking of photographs of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge whilst on holiday and the publication of those photographs in breach of their privacy," a Royal Spokesman told the New York Times.
The French tabloid magazine took pictures of the couple sunbathing while vacationing at the private residence of the Queen's nephew Viscount Linley, Château d'Autet. The royal family is sued the magazine for invasion of privacy.
Royal officials have confirmed that the pictures are authentic and say that legal action against the magazine was under consideration. The Royal house berated the magazine saying that publishing the private pictures was "grotesque and totally unjustifiable," and not to mention an invasion of privacy, as reported the Associated Press.
St. James's Palace official in London told the AP, "Their Royal Highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them...We feel a line has been crossed with their publication."
William and Kate are currently in the Solomon Islands as a part of their 11-day Far-East Diamond Jubilee Tour to South East Asia. On Friday, the royal couple toured the nation of Malaysia.