Biolay Wins Damages Over Bruni Affair Claims
French pop star BENJAMIN BIOLAY has been awarded damages from a TV network after broadcasting bosses falsely linked him to an affair scandal involving France's First Lady CARLA BRUNI.
The model/singer's relationship with her husband, French president Nicolas Sarkozy, was thrust into the limelight last month (Mar10) amid allegations they were both enjoying extra-marital affairs.
Bruni blasted the rumours as "insignificant" and "unpleasant" and Biolay took legal action against bosses at the publicly-funded France 24 channel for bringing his name into the controversy.
A judge in Paris, France ruled in Biolay's favour during a hearing on Friday (16Apr10), agreeing that the reporting was a violation of his right to privacy, despite TV chiefs arguing they were simply discussing a topic that had already been widely written about in the foreign press.
However, Biolay's victory was a small one - he won $4,000 (£2,500) in damages, just a fraction of the $26,843 (£17,493) he had demanded in his suit.
It's not the only legal issue on Biolay's mind - the singer is also preparing to sue French celebrity magazine Voici for publishing snaps of him hugging actress Laura Smet, the daughter of French rocker Johnny Hallyday.