[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Monday, 26 April, 2004, 20:28 GMT 21:28 UK
Al Fayed sues over Diana photos
Mohamed al Fayed
Al Fayed has insisted the crash was no accident
Mohamed Al Fayed has launched legal action against American TV network CBS for broadcasting pictures of Diana, Princess of Wales, as she lay dying.

The Harrods owner, whose son Dodi also died in the 1997 crash in Paris, has accused CBS of "cashing in".

He instructed his US lawyers to "take whatever legal action they could".

The black and white photocopies, from a French investigation report, showed Diana being treated by a doctor as she lay slumped in the back of her car.

The images were broadcast for 10 seconds last week and provoked outrage from Diana's family.

A spokesman for Mr Al Fayed said the multi-millionaire businessman tried to have the show cancelled hours before it was broadcast.

Confiscated pictures

Chester Stern said: "In the end any injunction would have depended on CBS fielding a lawyer and they could not field a lawyer with two hours of the show going on air.

"Mr Al Fayed then instructed his lawyers to take whatever legal action they could."

Mr Al Fayed's lawyer in Los Angeles, Fred Gaines, was not immediately available to detail the precise action being taken against CBS.

CBS said in a statement: "We have not been served with a complaint yet, but based on what we have heard about the lawsuit, we believe it is meritless and we intend to vigorously defend ourselves."

Diana and Dodi Fayed
Diana and Dodi had stayed at the Ritz
It was the first time photographs of Diana, taken moments after the 1997 car crash in Paris, have been shown in public.

They were confiscated by police from photographers at the scene.

The princess died from internal injuries hours after the car slammed into the 13th pillar of the tunnel, while being followed by photographers.

Diana's family said they were "shocked and sickened" by the broadcast and Prime Minister Tony Blair said it was "distasteful".

Driver blamed

Mr Al Fayed said: "They simply want to cash in on the tragedy.

"It is disgraceful and insensitive of them to do this."

He has insisted Diana and Dodi were killed by intelligence agents as part of a conspiracy.

The Metropolitan Commissioner, Sir John Stevens, visited the crash site on Monday as part of an inquiry into the deaths.

He said he would try to "draw a line" under the unfounded theories surrounding the crash.

A French police investigation blamed the driver Henri Paul.


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific