Catherine Zeta-Jones, pregnant and
drenched in diamonds, yesterday griped in court that "stolen"
photos of her nuptials made her dream day look like a big,
fat, geek wedding.
Zeta-Jones, 33, said she was particularly horrified at one
renegade photo published in celebrity magazine Hello! of star
hubby Michael Douglas feeding her wedding cake at the lavish
November 2000 affair at The Plaza in New York.
"I did not want my husband shoving a spoon down my throat
to be photographed . . . It is offensive," Zeta-Jones sniffed
to London's High Court, as Douglas sat at their lawyers'
bench, munching mints from a silver bowl brought especially
for the occasion.
Zeta-Jones insisted the couple sold the rights to the
photos to another magazine for $1.6 million because the spread
"was going to be an overall look into the life of us . . . in
a classy way" - not because the powerhouse pair was greedy.
"It [$1.6 million] is a lot of money maybe to a lot of
people in this room, but it is not that much for us," said
Zeta-Jones, with diamonds on her ears, neck and hands.
The couple is suing Hello! for printing a series of fuzzy,
unauthorized shots three days before rival magazine OK! was
able to publish photos from the same event - and which it had
shelled out the $1.6 million for the rights to.
Lawyers for Hello! are arguing that the wedding became fair
game in the publishing world as soon as the couple inked the
deal with OK! to "publicize" it.
The fact that OK! also had permission to run the photos in
syndication in another 20 magazines only bolsters that
argument, the defense said.
Zeta-Jones complained that not only was the quality of the
unauthorized photos "cheap and tacky" but "there are so many
things that I wanted to keep secret" from the camera that
eventually showed up in the pages of Hello!
"There are certain moments of emotion, certain moments of
embrace," she explained.
When defense lawyer James Price produced photos published
in OK! that included the pair embracing, an obviously annoyed
"There is embracing, and there is embracing."
Her comment was followed by laughter in the courtroom.
With Post Wire Services