Courtroom drama for Hollywood couple
3rd February 2003
Hollywood blockbuster is set to open in London, starring the husband-and-wife team of Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas.
The plot involves two newlyweds who claim the privacy of their £1.2 million wedding at a top New York hotel was invaded by unwanted photographers.
Dramatic scenes are expected next week when the golden couple appear in person in court to tell of the stress they suffered and how their private lives were violated when photographs of their Big Day appeared in the celebrity magazine, Hello!, for all the world to see.
They will also be pleading for millions of pounds in damages because they say the pictures were of such poor quality that their professional careers were damaged.
They will be telling a judge that they did not want the pictures to appear in Hello! - they had signed a £1 million deal with its rival magazine, OK!, to publish exclusive photographs of their happy day in November 2000.
Press seats for the saga have already been snapped up for the production's entire three-week run at the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand.
The Lord Chancellor's Department closed the booking office last Thursday after unprecedented demand sparked by the Hollywood couple.
The cast list also includes a galaxy of top barristers who have been rehearsing their parts in a series of preliminary court skirmishes.
Mr Justice Lindsay was taking the judge's seat for the big production.
Both the big stars will not take part this week but will be making their grand entrance to give evidence from February 10.