Well done Madonna. Let's hope the Mail On Sunday is forced to pay the full £5 million. I'd put up a picture of her but in the circumstances...........
Singer Madonna is claiming more than £5m in damages after the Mail on Sunday published private photographs of her wedding to film director Guy Ritchie.
A high court judge today heard that pictures of the "wholly private" event at Skibo Castle in the Scottish Highlands on December 22 2000 were copied "surreptitiously" by an interior designer during work at Madonna's home in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.
- "Whilst the claimant was having interior work done on her home in Beverly Hills, one of the interior designers, Robert Joseph Wilber, surreptitiously gained access to the photograph album and copied at least 26 photographs."
- the photos published in the newspaper were cropped so the fact that they were "photographs of photographs" was hidden from readers.
"Readers were told nothing about the grubby way the photographs had essentially been stolen from the claimant's home and purchased by the Mail on Sunday from Robinson," [Madonna's counsel] Nicklin added.
The judge entered judgment in Madonna's favour on the issue of liability today.
Further proceedings to assess the damages to be paid are expected to be heard at the high court next year.