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Kate Middleton Scandal: Paparazzi Holds More Revealing Naked Photos, Court Ruling Has No Effect?



Kate Middleton's topless photo scandal may not be over. Amidst multiple lawsuits over the topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge, a paparazzi agency says it possesses many more revealing photos of Kate, taken during her honeymoon with Prince William.

“We’ve got a ton of pictures that are much, much more revealing than what France’s Closer magazine published recently,” the owner of the agency said of their unpublished photos of naked Middleton, according to ShowbizSpy.

“We’ve been sitting on them for a while.. we tried shopping them around when this batch of photos hit. We got lots of interest, but now no one will touch them because the injunction."

According to the source, “Interest was mainly from American tabloids. The British press wouldn’t touch them.”

Prince William and Kate Middleton have already won their legal battle against French tabloid Closer magazine, which published her topless photos last week, right when the royal duo began their Diamond Jubilee Tour in South East Asia.

Tuesday, a French court ruled in favor of William and Kate, though the impact of their ruling is already limited by the uncontrollable spreading of the photos online.

"These snapshots which showed the intimacy of a couple, partially naked on the terrace of a private home, surrounded by a park several hundred meters from a public road, and being able to legitimately assume that they are protected from passers-by, are by nature particularly intrusive," says the French ruling.

"(They) were thus subjected to this brutal display the moment the cover appeared."

"Clearly, the harm has been done," Christopher Mesnooh, a U.S. lawyer working in France for Field Fisher Waterhouse, said, according to Newsday.

"Thousands, now tens of thousands of copies, are now in public circulation. A legal decision is a wonderful thing to obtain and the royal couple did exactly what they should have done. But you know the magazine is out there and I suspect most of you have already seen copies of that magazine, so the basic, the initial harm, has been done."

In addition to a $2,500 fine, Closer magazine was ordered to submit all of its digital copies of the topless photos of Kate Middleton without 24 hours, and was prohibited from further publication of similar photos.

If the magazine republishes the scandalous photos, a daily fine of $13,100 will be imposed on Mondadori France, the publishing company behind Closer.

Evidently, legal threats aren't taunting enough for some fearless tabloids.
Following suit with Closer, the Irish Daily Star, Chi Magazine of Italy, and Sweden's Se & Hor published the topless photos of Kate Middleton.

"Closer magazine has done a very sophisticated cost-benefit analysis," said Mesnooh.

"Whatever the amount of damages that a French court will award, it will be a fraction of the publicity that the magazine will have gained, as well as the number of issues of this particular issue of Closer magazine which will be sold."

Closer magazine's editor seems to have no concern over its rising notoriety, and shows no signs of remorse .

Laurence Pieau defended the topless photos of Kate that were published on the French gossip magazine.

“These photos are not in the least shocking. They show a young woman sunbathing topless, like the millions of women you see on beaches,” Pieau told AFP.

There was “nothing degrading” about the published photos, Pieau said, adding that the photographs were “joyful,” accompanied by “extremely soft” texts.

“We must not be too dramatic about this,” the editor told the radio station.

“These photos will go round the world. We are happy to have them and we won't be the only ones to publish them.”


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Sep 20, 2012 10:04 AM EDT