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Saturday
Jun012013

Leaked Photographs of Pistorius Murder Scene 'Not from the Police'

Photo by Herman Verwey/City Press/Gallo Images/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) -- Photographs of the bathroom where Olympian Oscar Pistorius allegedly killed his girlfriend were leaked on Friday, with questions abound regarding the handling of the crime scene.

Pistorius, who is charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp in February. Pistorius maintains he shot Steenkamp, 29, by accident, mistaking her for an intruder on Valentine's Day. He is due back in court on June 4 with a trial scheduled to take place before the end of this year.

In recent weeks there have been reports that one of the runner's watches was missing from his home following the initial police investigation. After the lead investigator was kicked off of the case for his own legal issues, the leaked photos are the latest complication in the Olympian's murder case.

"The photos that we have seen are not from the police," South African National Police Brigadier Phuti Setati said. "We do not know the origin of the photos or the footage. We are looking into the matter with the view of establishing if it warrants an investigation."

It is not clear who may have had access to the crime scene in addition to investigating officers and Pistorius, though one source suggests that a South African police officer may have taken the photograph after the preliminary investigation. Police are already looking into a number of media leaks, including the confiscation of 40 South African police officers' phones.

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Monday
Sep172012

Kate Middleton Topless: Italian Magazine Publishes More Photos

Samir Hussein/WireImage(LONDON) -- An Italian magazine owned by the country's former premier has published more topless photos of Kate Middleton's sunbathing, despite legal action by the royal family to block publication.

Under the headline, "Court Scandal: The Queen is Nude," Chi magazine hit newsstands today with a 26-page photo spread of the Duchess of Cambridge, 30, reportedly sunbathing on the terrace of a secluded chateau in the south of France before beginning a tour of the Far East and South Pacific to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.

The photos, which were first published in the French magazine Closer and later ran in the Irish Daily Star, include at least one shot of the duchess applying sunscreen to herself that did not appear in previous publications.

Chi, like Closer, is published under the Mondadori publishing house owned by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Chi is also the same magazine that, in 1997, published photos of Princess Diana's dying in a tunnel in Paris after a high-speed car chase with paparazzi that ended in her death at age 36.

The palace has invoked the memory of Diana, the mother of Prince William, in taking swift legal action against the photographs, which St. James's Palace called a grotesque and totally unjustifiable "invasion of the young couple's privacy."

"The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to The Duke and Duchess for being so," the palace said in a statement Friday.

Lawyers for the royal family were scheduled to appear today in court in France, where they planned to ask a judge for an injunction to prevent further publications from printing the photos. There are as many as 200 photos Middleton sunbathing alongside Prince William, according to TMZ.com.

In addition to seeking damages from Mondadori, St. James's Palace said Sunday, the couple's lawyers would also file a criminal complaint against the photographer or photographers who took the photos, leaving it up to French prosecutors to pursue a criminal case for either breach of privacy or trespassing.

"There can be no motivation for this action other than greed," a St. James's Palace spokesperson told the BBC this weekend in regard to the Irish publication, while also commenting that the magazines' decisions to publish the photos "will lead to a longer court case where damages will be sought."

Despite the swirl of legal action around them, Middleton and Prince William have kept up appearances throughout their week-long tour of Asia. The pair strapped into harnesses to view the rainforest in Borneo this weekend and then traveled to the Solomon Islands where they were treated to a ceremonial welcome and canoe ride. They are scheduled to end their trip with some downtime, staying at a luxurious private estate in the island nation of Tuvalu.

The scandal blew up Friday, a day after Middleton marked an important first as a royal, delivering her first official speech overseas. The well-received speech was delivered to staff and patients at the Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur and focused on the importance of specialized medical care for seriously ill children. Middleton is a Royal Patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices in England.

Nude photographs of Prince William's younger brother, Prince Harry, partying in a Las Vegas hotel surfaced online last month and made headlines around the world. In that case, the palace contacted the Press Complaints Commission, which advised British newspapers to not publish the photos.

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