Police scrambled to find the photographer responsible at Closer magazine for taking the Kate Middleton topless photos that surfaced last week. After the British royal family won an injunction against the French magazine to stop circulating the topless pictures, prosecutors in France got a jump on things by trying to find out who invaded the Duchess of Cambridge’s privacy. In a raid early Wednesday, police were hoping to find something “which might lead to the identity” of the paparazzi photographer.
The photos were snapped on September 5th from a public road that lead almost a mile up to Château d’Autet. It was the $30 million estate owned by Viscount Linley — where Prince William and Kate were vacationing. Justification behind the court’s ruling was William and Kate “could legitimately suppose the chateau, east of Avignon in Provence, was sheltered from prying eyes” and that their privacy was “particularly intrusive.” They described use of the topless photos as “brutal exhibition” of their intimate time together.
In the aftermath of the court decision, a prosecutor can decide whether or not to pursue a full investigation, which appears to be what happened when police raided the magazine’s office. Since January 2, 2010, journalistic sources – including photographers — are entitled to certain protections under the European Court of Human Rights. A barrister who specializes in media law explained that it’s unclear how prosecution can legally go after the photographer who snapped the topless photos of Kate Middleton with the legalities present.