The court was shocked, shocked, to find topless photos of a beautiful celeb in a French magazine. Actually, "brutal" was how the tribunal in Nanterre, France, described the pics of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, that appeared Friday in the magazine Closer. The court, responding to a complaint by Kate and hub Prince William, ordered the mag on Tuesday to turn over all digital copies of the pics within 24 hours and cease further publication of them. The publishers will be fined $13,100 for every day they delay. The unauthorized photos were taken as Wills and Kate vacationed at a villa in Provence.
The court also enjoined Closer from republishing or reselling the pictures. The royals' lawyer Maud Sobel, calling court's action "a wonderful decision," said for the couple, "We've been vindicated."
Still, the decision affects only the 14 shots in Friday's edition. It would not necessarily cover other pics in the magazine's possession. And it doesn't change the fact that the photos have already been published in France, Italy, Ireland, and on the Internet, where they have doubtless been seen by countless eyes.
The royals also intend to file a criminal complaint against the unnamed photog, according to a statement from St. James's Palace.
Feud defusedThe duel of the divas has been derailed before it could develop, reports celeb website TMZ.com. American Idol judge Mariah Carey, in an admirable display of judicial temperament, counseled newly appointed judge Nicki Minaj about the folly of continuing the mutual rudeness they displayed Sunday. TMZ cites Anon Sources as saying Nicki annoyed Mariah (and others) by showing up for work 45 minutes late. According to TMZ, Nicki and Mariah decided a feud wouldn't be good for Idol. TMZ begged to disagree.
Nuptial notesScottish R&B singer Emeli Sandé, 25, has tied the knot with bf Adam Gouragine, according to her U.S. rep, who provided no details. Her debut album, on which she collaborated with Alicia Keys, Our Version of Events, debuted in July. Sandé, who was raised in Scotland and dropped out of med school in favor of music, also has written songs for Susan Boyle, Cheryl Cole and Tinie Tempah. . . . Scottish singer-songwriter Annie Lennox has taken a third stab at marriage. She wed Mitch Besser, an American doctor, in a private ceremony Saturday in London, according to her rep. Lennox is best known as the singer for the multiple Grammy-winning duo the Eurythmics. Besser is founder of mothers2mothers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Cryer crashesAfter so many years with Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer may know a little about train wrecks, but bicycle crashes are something else. Cryer, costar of Two and a Half Men, kissed the pavement when he lost control of his bike during the cycling portion of a triathlon in Los Angeles on Sunday. Nothing was broken, but he left some skin on the roadway. One final indignity: on Tuesday morning, he discovered a hangnail on his injured hand. "When I saw it, I said, 'Really?!' " Two and a Half Men stars Cryer along with Ashton Kutcher. It begins its 10th season on Sept. 27.
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