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Kate Winslet: Husband Ned RocknRoll wins Sun photo battle

Kate Winslet and Ned RocknRoll
Image caption Winslet and RocknRoll, pictured in Hong Kong in December, wed in New York last month

Kate Winslet's husband has won a High Court battle to stop a tabloid printing photos taken at a private fancy dress party that were posted on Facebook.

Ned RocknRoll, 34, said there was no public interest in The Sun publishing the photographs and that it would be a breach of privacy.

Mr Justice Briggs ruled in his favour following a hearing in London.

In a joint statement, Mr RocknRoll and Winslet said the semi-naked photos were "innocent but embarrassing".

"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," their statement read.

"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," they continued.

"But we will continue to do what we can, particularly to protect Kate's children from the results of media intrusion.

Image caption RocknRoll (r) was in court on Monday for the first day of the hearing

"We refuse to accept that her career means our family can't live a relatively normal life."

Winslet and RocknRoll, who changed his name from Abel Smith, were married at a private ceremony in New York in December.

Rocknroll, the nephew of Sir Richard Branson, previously worked for his uncle's space flight company, Virgin Galactic.

David Sherborne, Mr RocknRoll's barrister, told Mr Justice Briggs that the photographs had been taken at a "well-intentioned" fancy dress party with an "outrageous" theme.

"The photographs were taken by a private individual," he said. "They were not intended to be seen by the world at large. They are plainly private."

Desmond Browne, the QC presenting The Sun's publisher News Group Newspapers, claimed Mr RocknRoll had "propelled himself into the position of public figure" and that their publication would have therefore been justified.

Oscar-winning actress Winslet, 37, has two children, daughter Mia and son Joe, from her marriages to Jim Threapleton and Sam Mendes.

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