Appeals court preserves penalty for breach of privacy and dismisses Closers appeals
A French magazine has lost its appeal against penalties enforced after it published photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless.
Two senior editors at the fame magazine Closer, and two photographers suspected of taking the long lens films in 2012, had appealed against the fines, which wereissued in September 2017 for breaching the privacy of the duchess.
A French appeals court on Wednesday upheld the two EUR4 5,000 penalties- the maximum allowed- and dismissed the appeals.
The magazine had produced grainy photos of the duchess wearing merely bikini posteriors while she and her husband were on holiday at a private chateau owned by Viscount Linley, the Queen’s nephew, in the Luberon region of south-east France.
Six people went on trial after the pictures were published in Closer, and a local newspaper, La Provence. They were sprinkled across the cover of Closer under the headline:” Oh my God: the photos that will go around the world .” More topless photographs of the duchess featured inside.
In a note read out to the court in May last year, William said the case had brought back distressing storages of the paparazzi who regularly hounded his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, who was killed in a auto crash in Paris in 1997 while being pursued by photographers.
The magazine’s writer, Laurence Pieau, and its publisher, Ernesto Mauri, were fined EUR4 5,000 last year while the photographers were ordered to pay EUR5, 000, with another EUR5, 000 payable if they reoffended.
The magazine was also ordered to pay EUR1 00,000 in shatters to the royal couple, considerably lower than the EUR1. 5m the couple’s legal crew had demanded.
The court of appeal in Versailles, west of Paris, also sustained the fines handed to the two photographers suspected of taking the pictures, who repudiate responsibility.
The French prosecutor Marc Brisset-Foucault had told the court:” There was an absolutely unacceptable breach , not only of the privacy and the private the standard of living of these two mortals, but also of the dignity of a woman .”
Paul-Albert Iweins, a solicitor behaving for Closer, had asked the court to either offset or shorten the fines implemented by a lower court in the Parisian suburb of Nanterre, arguing that they were undue for a privacy case.