Heidi Klum Topless Photos: Klum Considers Suing For Publishing Nude Vacation Pics
on Sep 20, 2012 01:52 PM EDT
Supermodel Heidi Klum is facing a similar scandal to Kate Middleton.
The "Project Runway" host is considering following in the footsteps of the Duchess of Cambridge and suing a French magazine for publishing topless photos of her that were taken during a personal vacation, according to The Christian Post.
The images show Klum sunbathing topless at a chateau in the south of France with her rumored boyfriend, bodyguard Martin Kristen.
View the pictures of a topless Klum that have been posted on several European websites.
A source close to the former Victoria's Secret model told TMZ that Klum shares the same sentiment as the royal couple- that photographers violated her right to privacy when they snapped the personal pictures.
While several European websites have already posted Klum's images online, the model's legal team are allegedly trying to find the company that published the pictures first.
The report added that Klum will likely wait until after Middleton has had success with her lawsuits.
The Duchess of Cambridge was photographed topless while sunbathing with her husband Prince William during a personal vacation.The images show the 30-year-old removing her bikini top as the royal couple relax on a balcony in a villa in the south of France. The Duke of Cambridge is shown rubbing her back with lotion while she remains topless.
The French edition of Closer magazine published the photos on Friday, Sept. 14 and Irish Daily Star ran the images on Saturday, Sept. 15. Italian Chi magazine featured the duchess' private moment in a 26-page spread that included over 200 images, which went on newsstands on Monday, Sept.17. French Closer sold over 500,000 copies of the magazine while the editor of the Irish Daily Star has been suspended for running the pictures.
The royal couple obtained an injunction in a French court on Tuesday, Sept. 18, which banned Closer from further use of the intimate photos.The court order's many other stipulations include removing the images from the the publication's website, handing them over immediately and a ban on re-selling them. The duchess' legal attorney also requested a criminal investigation seeking the identity of the photographer who took the images.
On Wednesday, Sept. 19, local authorities in France reportedly raided Closer offices in France to collect the pictures. French police reportedly revealed they were seeking information "which might lead to the identity" of the photographer.
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