MADONNA VS. THE MAIL: Another British tabloid has fallen foul of the country’s legal system. Earlier this week, a judge at London’s High Court ruled in favor of Madonna after she brought legal action against the Mail on Sunday for publishing pictures of her wedding to soon-to-be-ex Guy Ritchie.
According to the London-based Press Association, Madonna is seeking damages in excess of 5 million pounds, or $7.4 million, which the singer’s lawyer, Matthew Nicklin, said equated to the value of the photographs, which were shot as a wedding gift by Jean-Baptiste Mondino. In the New Year there will be further proceedings to assess the damages to be paid. Nicklin said the Mail on Sunday had obtained the images after an interior designer working at Madonna’s Beverly Hills home “surreptitiously” gained access to an album containing the images — and copied them. The Mail on Sunday is reported to have paid 5,000 pounds, or $7,400, for the images. A spokeswoman for Madonna said she would donate any damages awarded to her to the charitable foundation Raising Malawi.