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Entertainment

Douglas, Zeta-Jones awarded $24,220 in wedding photo suit

November 8, 2003

BY BETH GARDINER

LONDON -- A British judge on Friday ordered a celebrity magazine to pay Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones $24,220 in damages, far less than they had sought for the publication of unauthorized photos of their wedding.

The High Court also ordered Hello! magazine to pay $1.7 million to the owner of rival publication OK!, which had an exclusive deal for pictures of the extravagant November 2000 wedding at New York's Plaza Hotel.

Douglas and Zeta-Jones had sought damages of $835,000 from Hello! for publishing unflattering paparazzi photos.

A statement issued by Zeta-Jones' spokeswoman called the award ''historic'' and said the couple would donate their portion to the Family Learning Center in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Hello! welcomed the small award for Douglas and Zeta-Jones. ''It reiterates clearly the decision of ... Lindsay that Hello! at no time had any intention of damaging Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones,'' the magazine said.

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