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Privacy proceedings net Polanski another 16,000 euros

Three more French publications were ordered to pay 16,000 in damages to Roman Polanski for breaching his right to privacy. They published pictures of him in Swiss home from where he is fighting extradition to the US.


AFP - Filmmaker Roman Polanski won more damages on Tuesday from French publications that printed photographs of him at his Swiss home where he is confined pending extradition proceedings in a child sex case.

A Paris court convicted the magazines VSD and Voici and the weekly newspaper Journal de Dimanche of breaching Polanski's privacy by publishing zoom-lens pictures of him and his children without permission.

It ordered them to pay a total of 16,000 euros (23,000 dollars) in fines, costs and compensation to him and his wife, French actress Emmanuelle Seigner.

The publications had printed pictures of Polanski and his family at his chalet near Gstaad, Switzerland.

The filmmaker is under house arrest there while Swiss authorities consider a demand by the United States to deport him to face charges of having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in California in 1977.

Last week a Paris court also ordered French daily Aujourd'hui en France, with its Paris edition Le Parisien, to pay 4,500 euros to Polanski for printing pictures of him in Gstaad.

It convicted that paper of breaching his privacy and the right to the use of his image, rights strictly protected by French law.

Polanski and Seigner had demanded a total of 75,000 euros in damages and interest from the three French publications in Tuesday's case and 40,000 from Aujourd'hui/Le Parisien.

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