- Title: French magazine found guilty over topless photos of British Duchess
- Date: 5th September 2017
- Summary: NANTERRE, FRANCE (SEPTEMBER 5, 2017) (REUTERS) SIGN OUTSIDE COURT LAWYERS IN COURTROOM VARIOUS OF FILES ON DESK CLERK IN COURTROOM COURTROOM DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE'S LAWYER, JEAN VEIL, ARRIVING PUBLIC ARRIVING FRENCH TABLOID CLOSER LAWYER, PAUL-ALBERT IWEINS, ARRIVING COURTROOM LISTING SHOWING CASE VEIL LEAVING COURTROOM (SOUNDBITE) (French) DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE'S LAWYER, JEAN VEIL, SAYING: "It'll be up to the duke and duchess to talk about the positive or negative aspects, but I had no doubts that the people concerned would be convicted." FRENCH TABLOID CLOSER LAWYER, PAUL-ALBERT IWEINS, LEAVING COURTROOM IWEINS OUTSIDE COURT (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH TABLOID CLOSER LAWYER, PAUL-ALBERT IWEINS, SAYING: "(JOURNALIST ASKING (English): Do you think this decision will change the way media and their lawyers think about these kinds of cases?) Absolutely not, absolutely not. The decision is in line with case law as far as damages are concerned and is severe, very severe, from a criminal point of view because of the people involved but I don't think it will change anything." EXTERIOR OF COURT
- Embargoed: 19th September 2017 15:49
- Keywords: Kate Middleton Closer photos trial privacy fine court France
- Location: NANTERRE, FRANCE
- City: NANTERRE, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA0016XBM5HJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT IS TO BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH 2136-BRITAIN-ROYALS/FRANCE-PHOTOS-TRIAL-FILE. IT REPLACES THE EARLIER EDIT 2142-BRITAIN-ROYALS/FRANCE-PHOTOS-TRIAL WHICH WAS INCOMPLETE
A French court ruled on Tuesday (September 5) that celebrity magazine Closer invaded the privacy of Britain's Duchess of Cambridge when it published topless photos of her in 2012.
The court handed the maximum fine of 45,000 euros ($53,500) to both Laurence Pieau, an editor of Closer's French edition, and Ernesto Mauri, chief executive of Italian publisher Mondadori, the magazine's owner.
Closer magazine, a weekly round-up of gossip about the rich and famous, published a series of photos of Kate, the wife of Prince William, second-in-line to the British throne, topless while on holiday in southern France.
The court ruling followed an announcement on Monday (September 4) that the royal couple, a subject of fascination for many in Britain and other parts of the world, are expecting a third child.
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