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Kate Middleton topless photos: Irish 'Daily Star' editor suspended

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The editor of the Irish Daily Star has been suspended over the publication of topless photographs of Kate Middleton.

The paper printed paparazzi pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing in France in its Saturday edition (September 15).

The Duchess of Cambridge attends a British High Commission reception at Eden Hall in Singapore, as part of a nine-day tour of the Far East and South Pacific, with the Duke of Cambridge, in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Picture date: Wednesday September 12, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Jubilee. Photo credit should read: Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/PA Wire

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Independent Star, which co-owns the paper with Northern & Shell (publisher of the UK Daily Star), has released a statement announcing the suspension of Michael O'Kane with immediate effect.

"Independent Star Limited has suspended editor Michael O'Kane with immediate effect, pending an investigation into the circumstances that led to the Irish Daily Star re-publishing pages from the French magazine Closer, which contained images of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge," the statement read.

"Independent Star Limited has no further comment pending conclusion of the joint investigation by the newspaper's shareholders."

Northern & Shell had previously criticised the paper's decision to print the images, with owner Richard Desmond vowing to pull its funding.

(L4 available) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

© PA Images / Rui Vieira/PA Wire

William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge



O'Kane defended the move, insisting that the Duchess shouldn't be treated any differently to other celebrities, adding: "She's not the future queen of Ireland, so really the only place this is causing fury seems to be in the UK.

"She decides to partially disrobe on a balcony where it can be seen from a public road and she's stunned now, or the Palace are annoyed that people are interested in this."

Italian magazine Chi also published the images, leading to the couple's legal team seeking an injunction and suing Closer for damages.

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