In her early days, Madonna was never shy about revealing her personal life with the public. But the damages received from an ongoing lawsuit over stolen photos of her wedding to estranged husband, Guy Ritchie, show an artist who has become less than eager to show the world her “private details.”
Even though she was not in court Tuesday, her lawyer, John Kelly, announced that the singer had received “substantial” damages from Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Mail on Sunday who printed the stolen photos without consenting with the singer. The amount of restitution received was not disclosed, but Madonna was seeking damages in excess of $8 million. Kelly announced the money would be donated to the artist’s Raising Malawi charity, an organization working to end poverty, provide education, and help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in the impoverished country in mid-Africa.
The photographs in question are images from Madonna and Ritchie’s private wedding in December of 2000. The images were copied from a wedding album in the couple’s home in Beverly Hills, California three years later by an interior designer. The designer then provided roughly 27 images to a woman who offered to sell them to British newspaper the Mail on Sunday. The paper initially turned down the offer for the pictures, until Madonna and Ritchie announced their divorce last year. The paper then bought and published the images without consulting or warning the singer, who had gone to great lengths to keep the wedding private.