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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 (€3,350) 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, €3,350)  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. 

This story was first published by our sister site The Local Denmark

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Penelope Cruz: ‘I have my personal war with technology’

Hollywood star Penelope Cruz warned Sunday that technology was driving high anxiety that would one day make "all our brains explode".

Penelope Cruz: 'I have my personal war with technology'
Penelope Cruz on the red carpet at the screening of the film "Wasp Network" in Venice. Photo: AFP

Hollywood star Penelope Cruz warned Sunday that technology was driving high anxiety that would one day make “all our brains explode”.   

The Spanish mother-of-two said she was worried about how children's mental health and development were being affected by the ubiquity of tech.   

“I have my personal war with it,” she told reporters at the Venice film festival.

“I wish we could have lived in the 1990s for a little longer. For mental health issues that would have helped a lot, because I think things are going at a speed that we are unprepared for,” said the actress.   

Cruz, 45, who is starring in “Wasp Network”, a thriller about five Cuban undercover agents who became heroes for infiltrating radical exile networks in Florida, said tech was coming to utterly dominate children's lives, hogging their time and imaginations.   

“This might seem like an exaggeration to other people, but I am convinced that we were raised with a different relationships with technology,” she said.   

“Right now children and teenagers are in contact so much with electronics and it takes the time away from children to learn to play, to have conversations, to be at a table having dinner talking to their family, or to be bored — which is something important we all should learn as children.”   

Cruz, who has an eight-year-old son and six-year-old daughter with fellow Spanish star Javier Bardem, said our lives were being swallowed up by it.   

Tech's daily dominance was “not only affecting children, but all of us…. It is something that is creating a lot of general anxiety and I wonder if this continues all of our brains are just going to explode,” said the actress, who made her name in “Jamon, Jamon” when she was only 15.   

Cruz said that she hoped that rising fears about what we are doing to the planet would chime with a harder look at what tech was doing to us.   

“I hope that there will be a movement for people to live in a different way, that will value a different pace, which leads us to the other big issue, what happens to the environment,” she added.

By AFP's Fiachra Gibbons 

READ ALSO: There are still 16,000 public telephones in Spain 

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