Editor formally charged in Kate photo scandal

Laurence Pieau will stand trial for publishing photos of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless.
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Denette Wilford, July 26, 2013 1:54:00 PM

Don’t mess with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It was nearly a year ago that William and Kate were on vacation, in what they thought was a private, secluded spot where photographers couldn’t find them. I mean, really, how would anyone get on the grounds of Chateau d’Autet in Provence? But turns out, some photographers will do anything for the perfect money-making shot and are willing to climb trees and scale buildings to do it. But was it worth it?

Photographer Valerie Suau managed to take photos of Duchess Kate sunbathing topless. She sold them, they published, and now several people involved are paying the price.

Suau and publishing director Ernesto Mauri were formally charged in April, and The Mirror is reporting Closer editor Laurence Pieau is joining them as he has also been charged for breaching France’s strict privacy laws.

Suau admitted to taking photos of Kate but she described the shots, which were published in La Provence’s regional newspaper, as “decent.” Another photographer, who works for a Paris agency, was also reportedly arrested and charged, while another was “on the verge” of being charged, reports The Mirror.

Closer was the first to publish the images last September but they later appeared in publications in Italy, Ireland, Sweden and Denmark.

During a hearing last September, William and Kate’s French legal team argued that Closer‘s were a “grotesque breach of privacy.” But Pieau defended his decision saying, at the time, that he had no regrets with his decision to publish the pics. “These photos are not in the least shocking. They show a young woman sunbathing topless, like the millions of women you see on beaches. It is a young couple that has just been married. They are in love. They are beautiful. She is the princess of the 21st century.” Hmm, wonder if he has any regrets now?

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