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Zeta humiliated in pix row

Showbiz Reporter

CATHERINE Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas have been humiliated by a £14,600 damages award over sneak photos of their wedding.

It was a fraction of the £600,000 the Hollywood couple demanded from Hello! magazine.

The payout was revealed in the High Court in London yesterday after a month-long hearing earlier this year. It will not even cover their first-class flights from Los Angeles, at about £8,500 each.

Catherine, 34, told the court she felt “violated” after snatched photos of their 2000 wedding were published. She and Michael, 59, had sold exclusive rights to Hello! rival OK! for £1million. A judge ruled Hello! was wrong to publish the snaps but threw out their invasion of privacy claim.

Yesterday they received just £3,750 each for distress. The balance is to cover expenses. The judge ordered Hello! to pay OK! more than £1million damages.

The Douglases could even end up massive LOSERS when the judge rules later on who has to pay court costs estimated at £4million.

A spokesman for the couple — who were not in court yesterday — insisted they had been “vindicated” by the judge’s earlier ruling. They donated their damages to charity.

Ways to spend it

WE’VE looked at some wacky ways Catherine and Michael could spend their payout.

Michael could get a month of counselling at Arizona’s Sierra Tuscon Centre where he was treated for sex addiction in 1992.

Welsh-born Catherine could invest in a flock of 384 sheep.

One thing they probably won’t want is a 52-year subscription to Hello!

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