Judge Fines Magazine for Diana Pix
PARIS (AP) _ A judge convicted a French magazine editor of invasion of privacy today for publishing a picture of Princess Diana 10 days before her death that appeared to show her embracing her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed.
The judge also ordered Roger Therond, chief editor of Paris Match magazine, to pay a fine of $8,300 and publish the news of the judgment in the weekly.
The case had been filed against Paris Match by Mohamed al Fayed, Dodi’s father.
Diana, Dodi and their driver Henri Paul were killed Aug. 31 when their Mercedes crashed in a traffic tunnel in Paris while being pursued by photographers. Only bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones survived. Paul had been drinking before the fatal crash.
Paris Match had exclusive rights for French use of the picture, which appeared to show Diana and Dodi in an embrace on a boat off the Cote d’Azur, where they were vacationing. The photo was taken with a long lens at a great distance, and it remains unclear whether they were kissing.
Al Fayed’s lawyers had sought $66,700 in damages. During a hearing March 3, they reminded the judge that al Fayed had appealed to Paris Match not to publish the picture after it had appeared in the British media.