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Penélope Cruz to pay tabloid over topless pics

Spanish actress Penélope Cruz was ordered to pay the editor of a Danish tabloid 25,000 kroner after she lost a court battle over topless photos.

When the Danish tabloid Ekstra Bladet published photos of a topless Penélope Cruz in September 2013, the Spanish actress and model was so incensed that she sued the tabloid and its editor-in-chief, Poul Madsen. 
 
In June 2014, the Copenhagen City Court cleared Ekstra Bladet and Poulsen but the Vanilla Sky star appealed against the decision. 
 
On Monday, the Eastern High Court agreed with the lower court’s ruling, saying that the publishing of the photos, which were taken on a public beach, was not a punishable offence. 
 
The court ordered Cruz to pay Madsen 25,000 kroner ($3,800)  to cover court costs. 
 
“I’m glad that we won. The judgement shows that a well-known foreign celebrity can’t just come into this country and demand compensation. It would constitute a violation of Danish liberal-mindedness and media responsibility,” Madsen told his own paper after the verdict. 
 
Ekstra Bladet has removed the topless photos of Cruz. 

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Danish health chief gives OK to lockdown love: ‘Sex is good. Sex is healthy’

Denmark's health chief has made it clear that Denmark's strict approach to social distancing does not extend to sex, either casual or in a steady relationship.

Danish health chief gives OK to lockdown love: 'Sex is good. Sex is healthy'
Søren Brostrøm puts some of Danes' worries to rest during Monday's press conference. Photo: Niels Christian Vilmann/Ritzau Scanpix
At a press conference on Monday, Søren Brostrøm, The Director General of the Danish Health Authority, said that even singles who have a relatively high number of different sexual partners should not feel inhibited by social distancing measures. 
 
“Sex is good. Sex is healthy. We are sexual beings, and of course you can have sex in this situation,” he said. “As with any other human contact, there is a risk of infection. But of course one must be able to have sex.” 
 
Coronavirus enters the respiratory tract by the inhalation of droplets, and is not spread via semen or vaginal fluid, but the physical closeness involved in sex clearly brings a risk of inhaling the virus. 
 
Kåre Mølbak, professional director at Denmark's SSI infectious diseases agency, said that the social distancing guidelines in Denmark should nonetheless not discourage either dating or full-blown sexual encounters. 
 
“I don't think there is a ban on meeting. That is only in relation to larger assemblies. So in that way, I think there is still the opportunity to have that kind of contact, and especially with a permanent partner,” he said. 
 

 

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