Royals To Take Legal Action Over Kate Middleton’s Published Topless Photos

A celebration of love and beauty? Or an illegal invasion of privacy? The battle lines are being drawn in France as a magazine editor defends the decision to publish topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge.

“These photos are not in the least shocking,” Laurence Pieau of Closer told the Agence France-Presse on Friday. “They show a young woman sunbathing topless, like the millions of women you see on beaches.” Calling the reaction to the photos “disproportionate,” Pieau adds, “It is a young couple that has just been married. They are in love. They are beautiful. She is the princess of the 21st century.”

But the royals, who are in the middle of their nine-day tour of Asia, are taking legal action in France. ”St James’s Palace confirms that legal proceedings for breach of privacy have been commenced today in France by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge against the Publishers of Closer Magazine France,” a St James’s Palace spokesperson said in a statement Friday.


While Pieau says the pictures were snapped from a nearby road from which Kate was visible sunbathing, and also notes they are “full of joy” and are “not degrading,” on Friday afternoon Will and Kate did not look happy as they continued their planned visit in Kuala Lumpur, according to observers.

Earlier Friday morning, the palace initially reacted with anger over the publication of the photos.

“The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to The Duke and Duchess for being so,” read a statement released Friday from a St. James’s Palace spokesman. “Their Royal Highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them.”

What do you think — did the paps go too far when they shot Duchess Kate’s intimate photos with Prince William? Feel free to comment on this issue!

Source: People

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John Travolta Case: And The List Goes On…

A former Royal Caribbean cruise room attendant accuses John Travolta in a federal lawsuit of stripping off a robe and pushing against him, then offering him $12,000 to keep quiet.

Fabian Zanzi alleges the actor said, “Take me, I will take care of you, please,” during a food delivery to his cabin in June 2009, according to the U.S. District Court lawsuit filed June 21 in Los Angeles.

Zanzi, who first made these allegations to the Spanish-language news outlet 24 Horas, is seeking unspecified damages for assault and battery and emotional distress. This is the latest legal action against Travolta filed by a man alleging improper sexual conduct. Travolta’s attorney has fiercely denied all the allegations.


“This is another ludicrous lawsuit with inane claims,” says Travolta’s lawyer, Marty Singer. “It is obvious that Mr. Zanzi and his lawyers are looking for their 15 minutes of fame.” Singer says that Zanzi didn’t mention any sexual contact in his handwritten report to Royal Caribbean. “That glaring omission speaks volumes,” says Singer.

Zanzi claims he reported the incident immediately to a supervisor but that he wasn’t allowed “to write down any information regarding the nudity and/or sexual contact,” according to the lawsuit. Zanzi was also “restrained” to a “segregated room” for five days until Travolta left the ship, according to the lawsuit.

Singer calls this last claim a “dubious allegation” and notes that Zanzi continued to work for Royal Caribbean for years.

The case keeps getting more and more interesting, don’t you think? So, we gotta ask again: Do you think Zanzi is telling the truth, or is he just after his “15 minutes of fame”? Do you think there are more “victims” out there?

Source: People

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Pippa Middleton Gets Involved in Gun Scandal

Photos of Pippa Middleton have made the sister-in-law of England’s presumptive future king a worldwide sensation, but nothing quite like the shot this weekend when she was snapped laughing as a male companion in a car pointed a gun at a photographer following them in Paris.

The image shows Middleton, the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, looking back at the paparazzo and grinning as her friend, the driver, reaches down and aims what appears to be the gun. But now it appears that the excitement, which included reports that Pippa Middleton could face criminal charges, may have been overblown.


ABC News has learned that the photographer says he knew all along the gun was a fake and has been telling people he never felt scared. Even friends of one of the young fashionistas in the car told ABC News today that they have the toy gun in their possession. The Sun had reported that the Paris Judicial Police department is “poised” to launch a probe into the incident, but police told ABC News that there is no investigation, because no one has filed a complaint.

It was revealed in January that lawyers for Middleton sent a cease-and-desist letter around to six media agencies that distribute paparazzi photographs worldwide.  The letter was said to warn the agencies that unless their photographers stop following Middleton, she will pursue legal action, which could include an injunction and legal costs.

Buckingham Palace said it would not comment on the incident, since it does not officially represent Middleton because she is not a member of the royal family.

Do you think Pippa saw the incident as just a big joke for the paparazzo? Tell us your opinion!

Source: Yahoo News