Should Michael and Catherine Have Sued?
The legal case between Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas and Britain’s Hello! magazine is due to wrap up in London’s High Court on Friday, after two weeks of testimony and some sharp barbs aimed at the twosome in the press.
The lawsuit, filed against the celebrity publication by the Douglases, is over Hello!’s publishing unauthorized photos of the couple’s splashy November 2000 New York wedding, after they had sold exclusive picture rights to Hello! rival OK! magazine for $1.6 million.
The Douglases claimed breach of privacy and damages to their career in their suit. They are asking for $800,000 in damages.
Whatever the outcome, the British tabloids have had some fun at the stars’ expense. Showing one of the unauthorized wedding photos, of Zeta-Jones, 33, biting into her wedding cake, one British rag referred to her as “Catherine Eater Jones.”
Sun newspaper columnist Dominic Mohen then wrote that Zeta-Jones looked “a bit of a porker.”
Now comes some criticism, albeit tempered, about the Welsh-born beauty in her national newspaper, Wales’ Western Mail.
Rock musician Mick Hucknall, frontman for Simply Red — and a longtime friend of Zeta-Jones and one of the 350 guests at her wedding — is quoted in Friday’s editions of the paper as saying that her court battle is “unfortunate … to make a big deal out of this, as it was a wonderful day.”
Taking a philosophical view, Hucknall added: “We (in the limelight) just have to accept that the press will mess with us, and now they have just crucified her with this court case … I would not have let her do this. I think it was a mistake to go to court as it has made the situation worse, not better.”