Polanski wins damages over photos
Three French publications have been ordered to pay damages to Roman Polanski for printing unauthorised photos - but the sums were a fraction of what the filmmaker had demanded.
Polanski and his wife had sued two French newspapers and two French magazines for a total of about 150,000 euro, complaining the publications ran photos that invaded their privacy - but with most of the decisions in, they have so far been awarded 12,500 euro.
Many of the photographs at issue depicted Polanski, his wife or children in or near the Swiss Alpine chalet where he has been under house arrest since early December, awaiting word on whether he will be extradited to the US on a 32-year-old sex case.
A judge ruled that the respected Le Journal du Dimanche weekly newspaper must pay Polanski 3,000 euro for a December 2009 photo showing the director looking out through a slit in the curtains of the chalet. He had asked for 10,000 euro.
Christophe Bigot, the paper's lawyer, said he planned to appeal. He said the photo was "a pertinent illustration" of Polanski under house arrest, which he called "a case that has received media coverage around the world".
The French judge also ordered VSD celebrity magazine to pay 5,500 euro to the Polanski family for a photo spread that included pictures of his wife and two children at an airport.
Another celebrity magazine, Voici, was ordered to pay 1,000 euro for a photo of Polanski's wife, actress-singer Emmanuelle Seigner, walking down a street in Switzerland.
Voici lawyer Olivier d'Antin called the photo "harmless" and said the decision was "regrettable for press freedom."