LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Chi Italy Magazine and website photos of Kate Middleton were released to Italians today. But the Chi Italy Magazine issue on Kate has yet to anger the man who really doesn’t like pictures taken of himself inside his own house, owner Silvio Berlusconi.
The Kate Middleton pictures are being published this week in two magazines / newspapers, French Closer and Chi Italy. Both publications are part of Mondadori, a Silvio Berlusconi owned company. And while Chi editor Alfonso Signorini has been telling news today that pictures taken of someone inside a residence are suitable for print, that was not the position of Silvio Berlusconi three years ago when a similar situation happened to him.
Chateau D’Autet is the scene of the current Berlusconi controversy. But in 2009, it was Villa Certosa. This week, Berlusconi has permitted two publications under Mondadori to run pictures of Kate unclothed inside Chateau D’Autet. But in 2009, Berlusconi tried to halt publication El Pais from running pictures of him and his guests inside his Sardinia mansion Villa Certosa.
In 2009, Berlusconi told news, that in his opinion, the taking and publication of the photos inside a residence as a crime. Niccolo Ghedini, the publisher’s lawyer, said the pictures of Berlusconi’s guests “originated in a crime.” He added “Who buys them anywhere in the world is committing a crime, something which should have been clear to El Pais’ journalists.”
Moreover, Berlusconi specifically called the pictures of him and his guests a violation of rights of privacy. “We’re talking about innocent photos, but there was a violation of privacy.”
Kate has denounced the pictures taken of her as a criminal act. Berlusconi said the same of the El Pais pictures of his guests. “These girls were bathing in a whirlpool bath inside a private home, and they were assaulted in a scandalous way” he told news at the time.
Both parties head to a French court tomorrow as the Royal Family seeks to get an injunction against Closer and further publication of Middleton’s images.