French actress Julie Gayet has won a $21,000 (GBP13,125) privacy lawsuit against editors at Closer magazine after they suggested she was involved in an affair with French President Francois Hollande. Gayet sued bosses at the publication after they released a seven-page photospread, which appeared to show her and Hollande entering and exiting her apartment, while he was still dating journalist Valerie Trierweiler.
The politician chose not to sue and neither party admitted to the alleged affair, but Gayet insisted her life had been "turned upside down" because of the pictures that were published in January (14), and, on Thursday (27Mar14), a judge sided with her.
The 41 year old has also filed two criminal complaints - one for breach of privacy over separate Closer photos, which were taken while she was inside her car, which qualifies as a private space under French law.
She is also claiming the paparazzi "endangered others" when they hounded her.
French actress Julie Gayet is suing bosses at Closer magazine for suggesting she had an affair with French President Francois Hollande. Hollande and Gayet hit headlines last week (ends10Jan14) after editors at the magazine published an article linking the star to the politician, who is currently dating journalist Valerie Trierweiler.
He has not commented on the affair rumours, but has acknowledged the reports, stating, "These are painful moments. But I have a principle that private matters are dealt with in private."
Gayet has filed a $68,000 (GBP42,500) lawsuit against bosses at the publication for alleged invasion of privacy, plus $5,440 (GBP3,400) in legal fees.
Hollande and Trierweiler are scheduled to travel to the U.S. next month (Feb14) to meet with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.