Kate-William welcome ban on 'topless' images
London, September 19, 2012
First Published: 17:06 IST(19/9/2012)
Last Updated: 17:17 IST(19/9/2012)
Prince William and Kate Middleton were overjoyed to win the legal case against the French publication to ban any further publication of intimate topless photographs.
The Royal couple enjoyed themselves in South Pacific, while a judge in Paris granted them an order blocking the French
magazine, Closer, from republishing or selling the images.
“They always believed the law was broken and that they were entitled to their privacy,” the Daily Express quoted a source as saying.
The court explained the images as a “brutal display” of William and Kate’s personal lives, while St James’s Palace welcomed the court’s order.
According to the reports, the court ordered the magazine’s publisher, Mondatori Magazines France, to hand over all files within 24 hours, with an 8,000 pounds penalty for every day’s delay.
It was also asked to pay 1,600 pounds in costs. It prevents Closer, which published the pictures in its latest edition, from reusing them in print or online.
It further prevented from selling them to countries where they have not been published, and the fine for sale of the photos was set at 80,000 pounds.
Another good news for the royal couple was the hope that a criminal inquiry will lead to the unmasking of the paparazzo who clicked the pictures.