Copies of the Italian magazine 'Chi' are displayed at a newsstand in Rome on Sept. In Paris , the British royal family were seeking an injunction against the further publication of pictures of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, topless on a terrace during a vacation in southern France. On Tuesday, they got their wish with the French court ordering the publisher of Closer to hand over all digital copies of the topless photos and blocked further publication of the images. In Ireland, the tabloid that ran the grainy photographs risks being shut down by its furious owner. In the U. In the country that gave the world the word paparazzi , the publication of the pictures has largely been greeted with a shrug. The page spread, published Monday, consists of grainy pictures that are shot with a telephoto lens and in which Kate can be seen rubbing suntan lotion onto the shoulders of her husband Prince William. Until recently, even the most serious news magazines beefed up their newsstand sales with bare-chested models on the cover. Indeed, both Berlusconis — father and daughter — have had their run-ins with the paparazzi.
Silvio Berlusconi and his associates mounted a vigorous damage-limitation exercise yesterday after the publication of photographs by a Spanish newspaper showing naked and semi-naked guests, including a former Czech prime minister, at his villa on Sardinia. One shows two young women topless, one wearing a tanga. Another is of a naked man standing by a swimming pool in what appeared to be a state of sexual arousal. Mirek Topolanek, the former Czech prime minister who was Berlusconi's guest last year, confirmed in Prague he was the man depicted. But added "It is clearly also the result of a photo-montage. In the photograph of the two women, and another in which Berlusconi is pictured walking, fully clothed, with an unidentified young woman, also clothed, there are what appear to be poolside statues of naked sirens. The paper said Zappadu had pixellated out the faces of his subjects to protect their identity. The prime minister told a radio interviewer: "These are people who are bathing in a private Jacuzzi in a private room". A Jacuzzi is visible only in one photograph.
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The editor of an Italian gossip magazine set to publish as yet unseen topless photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge has promised that the pictures "will not damage her dignity, nor are they in any way morbid". Alfonso Signorini, editor of Chi magazine, told the Observer his page feature containing 30 pictures — which will be published on Monday — contains "normal topless shots, except Kate happens to be the future Queen". He added: "They are not scandalous, there are no unpublishable pictures. It is just a huge scoop. Signorini said he had selected 30 photographs from a selection of which show Catherine arriving on the terrace in a red robe, before applying sun cream and sunbathing. However, the British royal family is heading for a fierce legal showdown with media mogul and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who controls the magazine.
The photos were taken last summer while Topolanek was still the Czech PM, but he has since resigned. From Times Online:. He said that the photographs had been doctored and accused "European socialists" of orchestrating a smear campaign. According to Sky News:. News of the photos emerged while Mr Berlusconi took part in a radio phone-in. He said: "I am not at all frightened. There is nothing scandalous in these pictures but this is a violation of my privacy and an scandalous aggression. Berlusconi's last scandal , prior to this one, occurred just two weeks ago when he was accused of inappropriateness with year-old Noemi Letizia. Check out these pictures from La Pais :. US Edition U.