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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 November 2005, 17:31 GMT
Zeta photos case will go to Lords
Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas before their wedding in New York in 2000
Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas married in New York
The court battle between OK! and Hello! magazines over Catherine Zeta Jones' wedding pictures will go to the House of Lords, it has been confirmed.

OK! successfully petitioned to take the case higher after the Court of Appeal ordered OK! to pay back 2m to Hello!.

The rivals have been locked in a legal battle since Hello! published photos of Zeta Jones' wedding to Michael Douglas.

OK!, which had an exclusive deal with the couple, sued Hello! but that was later successfully challenged.

'Spoiler' photographs

OK! had a 1m contract with the couple, allowing the magazine exclusive coverage of their wedding in New York in November 2000.

But Hello! published "spoiler" photographs, which were taken by a paparazzi photographer who sneaked into their wedding reception.

The Hollywood couple and OK! took Hello! to court and were awarded 14,600 and 1,033,156 respectively.

During the court case, Oscar-winner Zeta Jones, 34, told the judge she felt "devastated" and "violated" when she discovered "unflattering" paparazzi pictures had been taken.

In June the Court of Appeal ordered the magazine to pay back damages, costs and interest amounting to nearly 2m.

The Appeal Court also told OK! to make an interim payment of 600,000 towards Hello!'s own legal bill.

It refused permission to take the case to the Law Lords but OK! successfully petitioned the House of Lords.

The Hollywood couple are not appealing to the House of Lords regarding the case.




SEE ALSO:
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