Pop superstar Madonna has launched legal action against a British newspaper for publishing intimate photographs of her 2000 wedding to Guy Ritchie.
The former couple announced their split in October (08) and their divorce was finalised last month (Nov08).
And amidst the flurry of articles about the end of the pair's relationship, the U.K.'s Mail on Sunday printed 11 photos of their Scottish nuptials - which were allegedly copied by an interior designer working at the singer's Beverly Hills, California home.
Madonna is now suing the paper for more than $7.3 million (GBP5 million) in damages for breach of privacy and copyright.
At a hearing in London on Monday (08), judge Mr Justice Eady found in the star's favour on the issue of liability, with officials at the publication admitting the charges.
Madonna's barrister Matthew Nicklin accused the newspaper of "ambushing" the star by publishing the snaps of the "wholly private" event, held on 22 December 2000 at Skibo Castle in Scotland.
Further proceedings to assess the amount of damages to be awarded are expected to be heard at London's High Court next year (09).