Demi Moore settles Aussie mag case

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September 27, 2010 – Hollywood actress Demi Moore has reached an out-of-court settlement with an Australian gossip magazine which printed photos of celebrities at a party she threw in 2008, her lawyer said Monday.

Moore, 47, sued New Idea magazine over a series of black and white shots of herself, her daughter Rumer Willis, rapper P. Diddy, and actors Cameron Diaz and Orlando Bloom.

Moore had been due to argue in person in Australia’s Federal Court that she owned the photos, and New Idea had breached both her privacy and copyright by running them in a two-page spread in March 2008.

But judge John Middleton said the “Ghost” and “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” star was no longer required to give evidence in the case, which was due to begin Monday.

“From the media interest, it appears there will be a large number of disappointed fans (now) that Ms Moore will not be attending tomorrow to give evidence,” said Middleton.

Moore’s lawyer said the matter had been “settled in principle” and a confidential agreement would be worked out and presented to the court on Tuesday, according to AAP news agency.

The photos, taken at an Oscars party thrown by Moore, were allegedly worth more than 200,000 dollars (187,000 US).

Moore was to claim that a journalist bypassed party security and took copies of the photographs, which she was preparing for the celebrity guests as a keepsake.

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