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Zeta late for Hello! court battle.

CATHERINE Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas will miss the start of their courtroom battle with Hello! magazine tomorrow after a judge refused to postpone the trial date again.

The Hollywood couple are expected to arrive together next week to give evidence at the High Court in London about the stress imposed on them when the magazine published unauthorised pictures of their wedding in November 2000.

Michael Tugendhat QC, representing the couple, had asked Sir Andrew Morritt, Vice Chancellor of the chancery division, to postpone the trial from tomorrow to February 10 because Mr Douglas will be carrying out work for the United Nations in Sierra Leone and his wife will be attending the Berlin premiere of her film Chicago.

But James Price QC, representing Hello!, said there was no reason why the couple could not appear in court separately to give evidence during the first week or together the second week to avoid postponing the trial for a third time.

The couple had signed a pounds 1m deal with Hello!'s rival magazine, OK!, for exclusive pictures of their pounds 1.2m wedding at the Plaza Hotel in New York.

But Hello! hit the streets three days earlier than OK! with its own 'exclusive' photographs of the stars.
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 2, 2003
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