France Grants Kate, William Injunction on Topless Photos

Court bans further publication, says 'Closer' owes $6.5K

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 18, 2012 6:47 AM CDT | Updated Sep 18, 2012 7:51 AM CDT

(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.

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)
French lawyer Aurelien Hamelle, who is to represent Prince William and wife Kate, leaves the court in Nanterre, France, in Paris, Monday, Sept, 17, 2012.   (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
French lawyer Delphine Pando for Closer magazine leaves the court in Nanterre, on the outskirts of Paris, Monday, Sept, 17, 2012.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, arrive in Tavanipupu, Solomon Islands, on a traditional war canoe, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.   (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, Pool)
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