A French court on Tuesday banned Closer magazine from any further publication or distribution of photos of Kate, the duchess of Cambridge, sunbathing topless and ordered that the pictures be returned to her within 24 hours.
The ban covered the distribution "by any means, in any format, to whomever, in whatever manner, including on tablet computers," the court ruled, according to French media reports. Failure to comply with the injunction will result in a daily fine of about $13,000.
Significantly, the court did not order Closer's publisher, Mondadori, to pull copies of its Sept. 14 issue from newspaper kiosks. Nor did it ban the magazine from reprinting the issue, which features five pages of paparazzi photos of Prince William and Kate during a holiday at a private chateau in Provence.
The injunction marked a first victory for the royals in their battle to contain what the palace has called a "grotesque" invasion of their privacy.Local guy makes good on 'The Voice'
Nick "The Feelin'" Mrozinski, another singer from the Twin Cities club scene to land on NBC's "The Voice," says he's "frickin' pumped" about making Cee-Lo Green's team during Monday's blind auditions. Performing Ben E. King's "Stand by Me" under the shortened name Nicholas David, the scraggy-bearded soul-rocker earned a quick button-hitting approval from Green but also got praise from other coaches. "I love the unique quality of your voice," Christina Aguilera said, echoing Adam Levine's comparison of him to Aaron Neville. In a conference call with journalists Tuesday, Mrozinski explained his song choice for the audition: "It's something that people could relate to, but that I could pepper with my own spices." An Eagan resident, the 32-year-old singer performs around Minnesota with the Feelin' Band, plus he was a keyboardist in the White Iron Band and is perhaps best known for his dramatic version of "Across the Universe" on the "Minnesota Beatle Project, Vol. 1" charity CD. Previous seasons of "The Voice" featured other local club vets Tim Mahoney and Jordis Unga.
THE JUDGES: NBC announced that Shakira, left, and Usher will join the judges' panel on "The Voice" in the spring, filling in for Christina Aguilera and Green. The move will allow the veteran judges some breathing room as they embark on other projects. Judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will still be around.
POP'S HOTTEST DIVAS: Tickets for Lady Gaga's Feb. 6 gig at the Xcel Energy Center will go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 5; prices range from $51.50 to $177. Tickets for Rihanna's March 24 Xcel show will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday; prices range from $39.50 to $125. Tickets for both will be available at the Xcel box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-3000.
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