Editor got death threats over Kate snaps

2012-09-24 18:31
Paris - French magazine Closer on Monday said its editor Laurence Pieau had received death threats for publishing pictures of Prince William's wife Catherine sunbathing topless.

"We have received more than 300 insulting e-mails of which several contain death threats," Closer said, adding that it had notified the police.

Fourteen of the most violent messages addressed to Pieau were handed over to the police. One vowed to "never let her stay in peace".

After their debut in the French weekly, the photos of the British Duchess of Cambridge have appeared in magazines in Denmark and Sweden, Ireland's Daily Star and Italy's Chi, which like Closer is owned by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's Mondari media group.

The pictures were taken when the royals were vacationing in southern France at a chateau owned by Viscount Linley, the son of Princess Margaret, the deceased sister of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

After publication, Pieau defended them saying they were not in the "least shocking".

"They show a young woman sunbathing topless, like the millions of women you see on beaches," she told AFP.

The royal family's lawyers have obtained a civil injunction and sought criminal charges in Paris, including against the unidentified photographer, in a bid to curb the spread of the pictures.

French legal authorities have banned Closer from any further distribution of the pictures and began a criminal probe into how they were obtained.

The court also ordered the magazine to hand over the files with the images to the royal couple, which the publication has done.

Closer has said it does not own the images and simply bought them for exclusive first use, so it likely does not possess all the original files. It has refused to say from whom it bought them or who is the photographer.

The French court also banned Closer from reselling the pictures or reusing them in print or on its website.


  • niel.phillips.7 - 2012-09-24 19:23

    good, nail the frog

  • david.g.fosse - 2012-09-24 19:29

    When do the Brits get to see them? They pay these peoples salary and the rest of the world can have a look see.

  • seymore.butt - 2012-09-24 19:42

    i guess they were exercising their freedom of speech!

  • imtiaz.osman.5 - 2012-09-24 19:51

    These people threatening the editor are terrorist. They don't know freedom of speech. The US and Brits should send drones to kill them and if any civilians die then it collateral damage. The americans and the Brits need to attack these terrorist before they attack to protect freedom of speech

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-09-24 20:05

    This is just a ploy to keep her relevant in todays media. They look like the most lifeless couple in the world to me anyway.

  • lynda.pitcher.1 - 2012-09-24 20:09

    What a fuss about a very ordinary looking young woman's titties.....if she didn't want the world to see them why didn't she keep them covered up, seems she is publicity hungry like her late mother in law, who had far more personality and much better looks.

      koo.doyle - 2012-09-25 08:58

      Lynda, what a dumb and ill-thought out comment. She was photographed, in a private estate, by telescopic lenses over a km away? How on EARTH does that mean she's publicity hungry. Wow.

  • long.tom.509 - 2012-09-25 09:05

    Saw the pics don't know what all the blow is about,nothing really spectacular,about peach sized

  • byron.matthews.562 - 2012-09-25 17:49

    I don't know what the big fuss is all about. It's only a painting of a president with his private's showing?

      byron.matthews.562 - 2012-09-25 18:04

      oh my bad - wrong thread.

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