The British royals had asked for $1.5 million in legal claims against a French magazine which ran NSFW voyeuristic topless photos of Kate Middleton’s pancake breasts in 2012. European laws regarding telescopic lens photography of chicks on vacation are far more Draconian than in the U.S. Therefore, everybody involved in the process got charge with European invasion on of privacy crimes and sentences to watch tons of French movies. As far as the civil suits go though, the EU limits damages to a maximum of about $50K, which Closer magazine’s editor and owner must now each pay to the Duchess of Cambridge. The photographers involved were force to fork over a few grand in previous decisions.
Given how much money the magazine made off the photos, you’d have to think they’d do it all over again if they could. Even in the U.S. where the tabloids get successfully sued every now and then for millions, the business model still holds up. Print the photos. Print the stories. Consult the legal team on damages on down the road.
For Closer magazine, the best their legal defense team could come up with a “public interest” defense based on rumors that Kate Middleton was anorexic. Nope. Merely skinny with droopy breasts in her 20’s. The court didn’t buy it, because it’s a blatantly poor excuse for sneaking topless photos of women. Try it at your place of work or local gym sometime. See how the bulimia research excuse works out for you.
It probably sucks to be a royal. Outside of the lavish residences, the taxpayer funded billions, the luxurious trips abroad, wardrobe, and free HBO, there is a massive amount of your life devoted to standing around waving and smiling and having people judge you. Also, guys with long range lenses snapping your titties when you can’t imagine anybody is around.
If Middleton had amazing tubes this story takes on a totally different feel. As it is, for exposing her jugs as-is to the world, $100,000 seems reasonable. She’s onto her third royal child now with her bald creepy Prince husband. This is a woman who understands the price of fame.
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