Director, under house arrest in Switzerland, claims pictures of his children infringed on privacy laws
Roman Polanski, under house arrest in Switzerland on child sex charges, is suing French magazines for publishing photos the director feels infringed his privacy, legal sources said Tuesday.
The pictures were taken when the Oscar-winner returned to his chalet in the chic Swiss Alpine resort of Gstaad to continue his detention after being freed on bail from jail in early December.
Polanski and his French actress wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, want 75,000 euros ($114,337.50 Cdn) in damages over the photos and accompanying articles in the VSD and Voici magazines and Le Journal du Dimanche paper, the sources said.
The French-Polish director, 76, who has been wanted in the United States since he fled in 1978 after admitting unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl, is suing under France's privacy laws.
French privacy laws are seen as the strictest in Europe.
French courts have traditionally favoured the rich and famous in their lawsuits over media intrusion, with even paparazzi photos of celebrities on public beaches or out shopping often considered a breach of the law.
A court hearing on the couple's suit is due to be held in Paris on Jan. 12, the sources said, adding that some of the photos in question showed the couple's children.
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