Tabloid Publisher Should Not Pay Naomi Campbell's Legal Bills, Court Rules

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Tabloid Publisher Should Not Pay Naomi Campbell's Legal Bills, Court Rules Naomi Campbell (Bauer Griffin)
Naomi Campbell lost a legal battle this week, but she won't be fulfilling any community service in sequins this time around.

In 2001, UK tabloid Daily Mirror published a series of photos of Campbell outside a drug rehabilitation clinic beneath the headline, "Naomi: I am a drug addict." The model promptly sued the paper's publishers, MGN Limited, for breach of privacy, winning a settlement in 2004.

This week, however, The European Court of Human Rights ruled that MGN Limited would not be required to pay Campbell's legal fees, noting that the exorbitant "success fee" Campbell had agreed to pay her lawyers was "disproportionate" to the offense.

The court stated, "Campbell had been wealthy and therefore not someon who risked not having access to court on financial grounds and for whom the 'success fees' scheme had been initally set up."

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