Danish Magazine to Publish Topless Kate Middleton Photos

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LONDON - The royals may have won a court victory in France on Tuesday, but a Danish celebrity magazine said Wednesday that it would publish topless photos of Kate Middleton, which had led to the lawsuit in France, Sky News reported.

 

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The report also said that French police have raided the offices of the French version of Closer magazine, which is owned by Italian media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi's holding firm Fininvest and first published the pictures a day after Prince William and Middleton won an injunction that will keep the magazine from publishing more pictures of Middleton taken while she was on holidays in France.

Closer was ordered to hand over all files of the photos to the royal couple within 24 hours or face a €10,000 ($13,000) daily fine. The raid seemed tied to that order.

The magazine still has not disclosed the name of the photographer who took the pictures, meaning the court has not been able to order that person to hand over any unpublished pictures, Sky News said.

Meanwhile, Danish celebrity magazine Se og Hoer said in a statement that it "has exclusively [in Denmark] obtained the pictures of the topless Duchess of Cambridge, Kate," Sky News quoted a statement as saying. It plans to publish a 16-page supplement on Thursday.

"Our readers love to keep up with the famous and royal life and demand revealing news," said editor Kim Henningsen. "It is in Se og Hor's DNA to entertain and satisfy our readers' curiosity. Therefore, it is always relevant for us when a duchess and the future queen of England is topless."

The royals have said they would consider possible additional legal action beyond France.

Beyond Closer in France, Italian magazine Chi, also owned by Berlusconi, and Irish tabloid Irish Daily Star have published the photos in recent days despite the royals' push to stop further use of them.

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