Zeta-Jones wins her Hello! costs battle
By Sally Pook
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas were awarded most of the £4 million they spent suing Hello! yesterday but the celebrity magazine claimed the couple could eventually be left £1 million out of pocket.
The Oscar-winning actress and her husband originally sued the magazine after it published unauthorised paparazzi photographs of their wedding in New York.
Zeta-Jones, 33, said she felt "violated" and was reduced to tears when she discovered a photographer had infiltrated the Plaza Hotel four years ago and taken several badly-lit and out-of-focus pictures.
Their publication in Hello! ruined the couple's £1 million deal with rival OK! magazine, which had been given exclusive rights to the wedding.
When the couple sued Hello! last year, Zeta-Jones famously said that £1 million was "not that much" to the couple. They won and a judge ruled that the magazine was wrong to publish the pictures.
Eventually they were awarded just £14,600 in damages, a fraction of the amount they sought. OK! was awarded more than £1 million.
Yesterday, a High Court judge said Hello! must pay 75 per cent of the couple's estimated £4 million costs.
But lawyers for Hello! claimed that the Hollywood couple and OK! would be left with only half that amount.
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