France Grants Kate, William Injunction on Topless Photos
Court bans further publication, says 'Closer' owes $6.5K
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 18, 2012 6:47 AM CDT
Updated Sep 18, 2012 7:51 AM CDT
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, smiles to locals as she departs the Cultural village in Honiara Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Kate are...   (AP Photo/Daniel Munoz, Pool)

(Newser) – Kate and William have exacted a little more revenge in the duchess' topless photo scandal, with a French court today banning any further publication of the images, Sky News reports. Closer magazine has 24 hours to give the pair all copies of the photos as well as more than $6,500 in damages, the Paris court ruled. Every day the magazine ignores the injunction, it must pay some $13,000 in fines; selling the photos would trigger $131,000 in fines. Lawyers for magazine owner Mondadori says it can't sell the photos because it doesn't own them.

The royal couple's lawyer told the court the photos were a "grotesque breach of privacy" taken in a "highly intimate moment." What's more, he added, they were taken close to the 15th anniversary of Diana's death, reports Us, which was itself linked to paparazzi. Meanwhile, the editor of the Irish Daily Star has been suspended over the newspaper's publication of the photos, the paper's owner says. The scandal could have national legal ramifications: Ireland's justice minister is warning that he could relaunch an effort for a national privacy law, given that some in the media can't tell the difference between "prurient interest and the public interest," the AP reports.

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SpaceCadetGlow
Sep 18, 2012 10:35 PM CDT
look, her mammalian protuberances are not all that they are cracked up to be (much like her little sister's hind quarters) first of all. They know as well as everyone they are high profile people who are being sought after by people when they go out and about,If you think they didn't see this coming when they were outside on an open balcony exposed to onlookers on the streets below then you are just as much a fool as they are for being out there not appropriately clothed. Act a fool for the world to see and there will be very little shelter or understanding for your plight, no excuses.
DougMasters
Sep 18, 2012 11:07 AM CDT
"grotesque breach of privacy" Seriously, Gargoyles are grotesque.... wolves mauling a man's face is grotesque.... children born with certain deformities can be grotesque, what happens when Rosie Odonel makes a twosie is grotesque... Does any breach of privacy really count as grotesque? Over fucking reaction. Not everything that happens to you or anyone else is horrid, grotesque or any other highly emotive adjective.
BrushMan
Sep 18, 2012 11:03 AM CDT
If you had that much hair on your nipples, you would not like having them plastered all over the newspaper either.