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Zeta Jones awarded £14,600
Zeta Jones, 33, said she felt "devastated, shocked and appalled" when she realised that paparazzi had gatecrashed her wedding
Zeta Jones awarded £14,600
14.48PM GMT, 7 Nov 2003

Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas have been awarded £14,600 in damages against Hello! magazine, a fraction of the £600,000 claim they originally made.

OK magazine, which had an exclusive deal with the couple, was awarded over £1 million.

The Hollywood couple claimed for damages against Hello! after unauthorised pictures of their wedding were published in 2000.

Their lawyers argued that their original claim for £500,000 should be increased to compensate them for the personal distress they suffered after the paparazzi invaded their wedding in New York.

The Douglases claimed victory when Mr Justice Lindsay ruled in April that Hello! had breached their rights of confidence.

The same judge decided the damages Hello! now has to pay to the couple and to OK, which had originally sued for £1.75 million.

Lawyers acting for the couple hailed the award as "historic" and said they would be donating their damages to The Family Learning Centre.

Hello! said it was "very happy" that the total award to the Douglases was just £14,600.

But Hello! said it was disappointed by the £1 million-plus award to OK! and added that it would appeal against this part of the judgement.

The six-week hearing was one of the most publicised cases heard at the High Court in London and cost more than £3 million in legal fees.

Zeta Jones, 33, said she felt "devastated, shocked and appalled" when she realised that paparazzi had gatecrashed her wedding at New York's Plaza Hotel and secretly taken pictures despite massive security precautions.

The judge said the wedding was an exceptional event for any bride and groom and just because Michael Douglas, 58, and Zeta Jones were public figures it did not lessen their right to complain about intrusion.

There was no doubt the couple had suffered real distress, said the judge.

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