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Last Updated: Thursday, 28 June 2007, 07:18 GMT 08:18 UK
Kidman 'spy bug' charges dropped
Nicole Kidman
Kidman was not in court to hear the case
A photographer accused of planting a listening device outside the Sydney home of Nicole Kidman has had all charges against him dropped.

Police discovered the device in 2005 and suspected Jamie Fawcett of trying to listen in on conversations between Kidman's security guards.

Mr Fawcett said he felt that as a paparazzi photographer he had been unfairly targeted.

He had once been subject to a restraining order brought by Kidman.

Speaking outside court on Thursday, Mr Fawcett said: "It was a very narrow investigation that once again targeted the photographers at a scene and I felt that was perhaps unfair."

He added: "I am often asked about the feud between Miss Kidman and myself. In fact, I don't have any opinion whatsoever about Miss Kidman, other than to wish her all the best."

Out-of-court settlement

The New South Wales state Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) gave no reasons in court for withdrawing the charges.

Kidman's Australian agent, Wendy Day, said the actress had no comment to make on the case because she had not been involved with it.

"It has nothing to do with Nicole," she said.

"That was something to do between the DPP and Jamie Fawcett."

In 2005, Kidman won a temporary restraining order against Mr Fawcett and another paparazzi photographer, Ben McDonald, who she said made her feel like a prisoner in her own home.

The parties eventually came to an out-of-court agreement that the photographers would stay 500 metres away from her property, but could take pictures of her elsewhere.


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