Douglas and Zeta-Jones to Star in Real Court Drama
LONDON (Reuters) -
Hollywood stars Michael Douglas (news) and
Catherine Zeta-Jones (news) will bring a rare touch of glamour to
Britain's fusty halls of justice this month when they testify
in a court case over the use of their wedding photos. The
raven-haired Welsh actress and her Oscar-winning husband are
claiming "very substantial" damages from celebrity magazine
Hello! after it published unauthorized photos of their lavish
wedding in 2000, London's High Court was told on Thursday.
The couple had sold exclusive rights to coverage of the
wedding at New York's Plaza Hotel to rival magazine OK! for a
reported one million pounds ($1.6 million).
But Hello! spoiled its rival's exclusive by hitting the
streets with its own secretly taken pictures of the
Lawyer Michael Tugendhat QC, told the court during a
preliminary hearing on Thursday that Hello! had breached the
couple's privacy and confidentiality and caused them distress
because of the poor quality of its pictures.
He said the couple were intending to be at court in person
for the full hearing on January 27.
Hello! denies the allegations and claims it was offered the
pictures on the open market and was entitled to publish them.
Zeta-Jones, 33, is currently appearing on movie screens in
"Chicago" and is expecting the couple's second child within
Douglas, 58, is the son of veteran, dimple-chinned actor
Kirk Douglas (news), and has starred in such films as "Wall Street,"
"Traffic" and "Romancing the Stone."
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