HollywoodLife.com spoke with a top France-based media attorney who tells us that even though it was illegal for ‘Closer’ to publish the topless pics of Kate, they’re not going to get into that much trouble. Read on to find out why!
Kate Middleton is reportedly going to sue Closer magazine for publishing her topless pics but is it really worth it? HollywoodLife.com has just learned from Avi Bitton, a top media law attorney in Paris, that the magazine will not get shut down and she’ll make little to no money from suing.
“Prince William and Kate can file for emergency proceedings which can be very quick,” Avi tells us. “The judge could issue a ruling within a couple of days. This first emergency summary proceeding is in order to withdraw from the internet the pictures and to get provisional damages.”
But here’s the problem, France doesn’t award punitive damages, which means the court will not order Closer to pay Kate any more money beyond what is “necessary” for the damage done.
“The court will not give you additional damages in order to punish the magazine,” Avi explains. “In France, for the usual case, even if you are a TV star, or well known, usually the vicitm gets five to 15 thousand euros [between five and 20 thousand US dollars]. So basically, in the French system, tabloids, they are very encouraged to publish those pictures and breach privacy. Why? Because of course publishing those pics will bring them far more profit than loss.”
The only thing extra that Kate may get, is for her legal fees to be partially paid but according to Avi, it’s only a few thousand dollars — shocking!
— Chloe Melas
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