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French magazine found guilty over topless photos of Kate Middleton

French magazine found guilty over topless photos of Kate Middleton
From Reuters - September 5, 2017

PARIS (Reuters) - A French court ruled on Tuesday that celebrity magazine Closer invaded the privacy of Britains Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, 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 Closers French edition, and Ernesto Mauri, chief executive of Italian publisher Mondadori (MOED.MI), the magazines owner.

Closer magazine, a weekly round-up of gossip about the rich and famous, published a series of photos of Middleton, 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 that the royal couple, a subject of fascination for many in Britain and other parts of the world, are expecting a third child.

Two photographers from a Paris agency, who denied taking the photographs, were ordered to pay smaller fines after also being convicted under French privacy laws.

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