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Paparazzo in Nicole Kidman case ordered to pay legal fees

Paparazzo in Nicole Kidman case ordered to pay legal fees

A paparazzi photographer yesterday lost his bid for damages in a defamation case involving his treatment of actress Nicole Kidman.
Jamie Fawcett had sued Fairfax Media over a 2005 article in the Sun-Herald newspaper which described him as "undoubtably Sydney's most inventive and most disliked freelance photographer."
The article said Fawcett was determined to "wreak havoc" on Kidman's private life and said he had planted a listening device outside her Sydney home.
A jury last year found the article had defamed Fawcett.
But the New South Wales Supreme Court yesterday ruled out a damages payment to the photographer, instead ordering Fawcett to pay Fairfax's legal costs, believed to be in the high six figures, the Sydney Morning Herald said on its Web site.
Fairfax, publisher of the Sun-Herald and the Sydney Morning Herald, had argued the defamatory statements in the case were either true, in the public interest or fair comment.
Outside court, Fawcett said he was "very disappointed" and might appeal. Fawcett said he was also disappointed that the judge had found he had placed a listening device on Kidman's property. "I don't believe that's supported by the ... police investigation," he said.
At last year's hearing Kidman gave evidence that she had been "really, really scared" by Fawcett's efforts to get a photograph of her during a '05 pursuit through Sydney.


Updated : 2021-02-26 01:22 GMT+08:00