Roger Vadim Ordered to Pay Damages to Bardot, Deneuve
PARIS (AP) _ French film director Roger Vadim and his publisher were ordered Thursday to pay damages of $10,000 each to film stars Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve for comments about them in his recent book, ″Bardot, Deneuve, Fonda.″
In the memoirs, Vadim went into detail about his love life with the two and Jane Fonda, his third wife. Miss Bardot was his first wife.
Judge Jean-Michel Guth did not rule the offending matter should be removed from the book, ″because of the relatively anodyne character of the criticized revelations, and the major publicity which was carried out when the book appeared″ last April.
The court noted that Miss Bardot had ″for many years expressed her wish to escape from public curiosity″ and was ″within her rights to oppose the revelations of the details of her sentimental life.″
The same reasoning applied to the case of Miss Deneuve. The court said she ″has always opposed all revelations about her private life and has many times had various publications condemned for infringing on it.″
Vadim had argued that failing to recognize that the companion of a public figure was free to publish memoirs was tantamount to limiting freedom of expression.
Last December, a Paris court ordered the French weekly magazine VSD to pay Miss Deneuve $20,000 and Miss Bardot $16,600 for publishing extracts about them from the U.S. edition of Vadim’s book.
The U.S. edition is somewhat franker than the French edition, which was the subject of the ruling Thursday.