Winslet husband Rocknroll wins injunction over party pics

Winslet husband Rocknroll wins injunction over party pics

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(FILES) In a file picture taken on December 9, 2012 British actress Kate Winslet (L) and boyfriend Ned Rocknroll (R) attend the presentation ceremony for the 2,000-metre Longines Hong Kong Cup race at the Hong Kong International Races at the Shatin racecourse in Hong Kong . Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet has married her third husband in a secret ceremony -- tying the knot with Richard Branson's nephew Ned RocknRoll, The Sun tabloid reported on December 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONY DICKSON (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 8 at 10:58 AM

LONDON (AP) — Kate Winslet's new husband won an injunction Tuesday in a British court to stop a tabloid newspaper publishing photos of him at a costume party.

The High Court ruled in favor of Ned Rocknroll, issuing an order preventing The Sun from running the images pending the outcome of his invasion of privacy claim. Lawyers for The Sun say the photos show Rocknroll partly naked.

The nephew of Virgin media tycoon Richard Branson says there is no public interest in running the 2010 photos. His lawyers argue Winslet's children could be bullied as a result of publication.

Winslet and Rocknroll issued a statement later saying the photos, taken by a friend at a private 21st birthday party, were innocent but embarrassing and that there was no reason to publish them.

"We recognize 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," the couple said in a statement. "We refuse to accept that her career means our family cannot live a relatively normal life."

Rocknroll, 34, who legally changed his name from Abel Smith, worked for Branson's Virgin Galactic space company before becoming a sheep farmer.

He says he had been a "relative nobody" prior to his marriage to Winslet last month.

Judge Michael Briggs says he'll offer his reasoning for the decision later.

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