Topless Middleton photo case back in French court
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.