Kate Middleton Topless Photos: Charges Filed, Invasion of Privacy Cited

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French authorities have charged a photographer and a publishing executive for printing the now-infamous Kate Middleton topless photos last summer.

Ernesto Maurim, who runs the French magazine Closer, was charged with invasion of privacy for printing topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge.

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Photographer Valerie Suau, who took pictures of Middleton, 31, for regional newspaper La Provence, was also charged, according to the Mirror (UK).

The incident occurred while Kate and Prince William were on vacation at a Provence chateau. Suau has denied taking the semi-nude photos of Kate.

A still unidentified paparazzo is credited with those controversial images of the Duchess, which were later published in Italy, Ireland, Sweden and Denmark.

Whomever too them, the magazine took plenty of heat for the spread.

Kate and Prince William sued Closer in September, and a court subsequently barred publication of more photos, though they spread like wildfire online.

Ditto the first baby bump pics from their recent trip to Mustique.

Closer editor Laurence Pieau defended the pictures, saying that all images of Kate Middleton nude or semi-nude were taken from a public road.

"For me the pictures were not shocking," she said.

"Just an in-love couple in the south of France."

The courts appear to see things differently.

FWIW, she looked amazing ... just saying.

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