Page last updated at 15:46 GMT, Friday, 15 January 2010

Roman Polanski wins damages from French newspaper

Director Roman Polanski (file pic)
Polanski admitted unlawful sex with the girl in 1977

A French newspaper has been ordered to pay damages to Roman Polanski after photographing the director while under house arrest in Switzerland.

A Paris court awarded Polanski 3,000 euros (£2,647) after Aujourd'hui en France printed pictures of him and his wife and son at their chalet in Gstaad.

The paper was found to have breached Polanski's privacy and the right to the use of his image.

Polanski is awaiting US extradition proceedings on a 1977 sex charge.

The paper had contended that the photographs were newsworthy, but the court said the accompanying report did not justify their publication without the permission of those depicted.

Filmmaker Polanski and his French actress wife Emmanuelle Seigner had demanded a total of 40,000 euros (£35,326).

The couple are are seeking a further 75,000 euros (£66,237) in cases against three other French publications. A decision is expected on Tuesday.

Polanski is facing extradition to the US after admitting unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in California in 1977.

Print Sponsor

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2019 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific