Top­less Mid­dle­ton photo case back in French court

The Korea Times - - PEOPLE -

PARIS (AFP) — Two se­nior ed­i­tors of French celebrity mag­a­zine Closer re­turned to court Wed­nes­day to ap­peal hefty fines for print­ing pho­to­graphs of Prince Wil­liam’s wife Kate sun­bathing top­less in 2012.

Two pho­tog­ra­phers, sus­pected of tak­ing the of­fend­ing shots, are also ap­peal­ing fines in a case that sparked a scan­dal in Bri­tain a year af­ter the sec­ond-in-line to the Bri­tish throne mar­ried his long-term girl­friend Kate Mid­dle­ton. Closer pub­lished the grainy snaps of the cou­ple by a pool — Kate wear­ing only bikini bot­toms — while on hol- iday at a chateau in the Luberon re­gion of south­east­ern France in Septem­ber 2012.

The mag­a­zine’s ed­i­tor Lau­rence Pieau and pub­lisher Ernesto Mauri were both found guilty of breach of pri­vacy in Septem­ber 2017 and fined 45,000 eu­ros ($53,000) each.

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