ACTRESS Kate Winslet's husband is mounting a High Court fight in an attempt to stop a tabloid newspaper printing photographs taken at a private fancy dress party with an "outrageous" theme.
Ned RocknRoll says there is no public interest in The Sun publishing the photographs - taken more than two years ago.
He says he is not a role model and had been a "relative nobody" prior to his marriage to Miss Winslet late last year.
His lawyers told a High Court judge that publication would be a breach of privacy and could lead to Miss Winslet's children being bullied.
But The Sun says Mr RocknRoll - a nephew of tycoon Sir Richard Branson - has "propelled" himself into the position of "public figure".
Bosses say his conduct at the party in July 2010 might be regarded as "unacceptable".
And the newspaper's lawyers told Mr Justice Briggs that a "public interest" argument had arisen.
Mr Justice Briggs today heard legal argument from both sides at a hearing - which continues tomorrow - in London.
Part of the hearing was held in private.
Little detail of what the photographs showed emerged during the public section of the hearing.
The judge was told that photographs had been posted on a Facebook page belonging to Mr RocknRoll's friend, James Pope.
He heard that Mr RocknRoll had been wearing a costume and could be seen "partly naked".
Miss Winslet, 37, and 34-year-old Mr RocknRoll - who changed his name from Abel Smith - married in New York in December.
The actress has a son and a daughter and has been married twice before.
She starred in the 1997 film Titanic and has been awarded a CBE for services to drama.
The court was today told that Mr RocknRoll was a marketing consultant and had been head of marketing for Sir Richard's Virgin Galactic business - which promotes space travel - before taking up sheep farming.
David Sherborne, for Mr RocknRoll, told Mr Justice Briggs that the photographs had been taken at a private fancy dress party which was "innocent and well-intentioned".
He said the party's theme was "outrageous" and Mr RocknRoll had been wearing a costume.
"The photographs were taken by a private individual. They were not intended to be seen by the world at large," said Mr Sherborne.
"They are plainly private. There is plainly a reasonable expectation."
He said anyone trying to find the photographs on Facebook would need "some pretty specialist knowledge".
Mr Sherborne added: "This cannot possibly be described as 'in the public domain'."
He said Mr RocknRoll was not a public figure and did not court publicity.
"It is simply because he is married to Miss Winslet," added Mr Sherborne. "I am sure he would not mind if I described him as a relative nobody up until the point he married Miss Winslet."
He added: "The intention (is) to say something embarrassing about Miss Winslet's future husband."