Winslet's husband wins picture ban

Ned RocknRoll, husband of Kate Winslet, has won a ruling against a newspaper

Ned RocknRoll, husband of Kate Winslet, has won a ruling against a newspaper

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Actress Kate Winslet's husband has won a High Court fight to stop a tabloid newspaper printing photographs taken at a private fancy dress party with an "outrageous" theme.

Ned RocknRoll, 34, said there was no public interest in The Sun publishing the photographs - taken more than two years ago.

He said he is not a role model and had been a "relative nobody" prior to his marriage to Winslet, 37, late last year. His lawyers told a High Court judge that publication would be a breach of privacy and could lead to Winslet's children being bullied.

High Court judge Mr Justice Briggs ruled in favour of Mr RocknRoll following a hearing in London. He made an order preventing The Sun from publishing the pictures pending any trial. The judge said he would give reasons for his decision at a later date.

Mr RocknRoll and Miss Winslet said later in a joint written statement: "We have stopped The Sun from publishing semi-naked photos of Ned taken by a friend at a private 21st birthday party a few years ago. The photos are innocent but embarrassing and there is no reason to splash them across a newspaper.

"We recognise that in the internet age privacy is harder and harder to maintain. But we will continue to do what we can, particularly to protect Kate's children from the results of media intrusion."

Desmond Browne QC, for News Group Newspapers, which publishes The Sun, had said the photographs showed Mr RocknRoll "partly naked".

"What really is a matter of concern... for Mr RocknRoll is people seeing the photographs," Mr Browne told the judge. "We say he is a public figure. Mr RocknRoll has propelled himself into the position of public figure."

Mr Browne added: "He tries to pretend his lifestyle is not rock and roll at all. That does not hold water."

Mr Browne said Mr RocknRoll was not embarrassed at the party and photographs were posted on Facebook for "all to see". "It seems to have been regarded as an innocent joke," he added. "If it was so innocent what is the problem? Why not let the public judge what is acceptable behaviour?"

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