Leonardo DiCaprio won a lawsuit in the High Court of Paris over a French magazine’s cover story alleging the actor knocked up Rihanna, GossipCop.com first reported on this side of the Atlantic.
In its May 13 cover story, Oops Magazine committed a factual faux pas by proclaiming, “Rihanna Pregnant With Leonardo’s Baby: He Doesn’t Want The Baby.”
The publication was ordered to pay $8,000 euros ($8,800) in damages for violating the country’s rigid privacy laws in the July 27 ruling. The judge found that Oops had crossed the line by publishing photos of the “Wolf of Wall Street” star taken by paparazzi.
It wasn’t about the money: the gossip glossy will also have to print an admission of its legal defeat in a future issue.
“By order of 27 July 2015, the judge of the High Court of Paris ordered the company editor of OOPS OOPS! Magazine to pay provisional compensation to Leonardo Di Caprio for having published in its issue 188, 13 to 28 in May 2015, an article with the respect for his privacy and his image rights,” the statement will read, according to an English translation in the Hollywood Reporter.
DiCaprio, 40, had been linked to the 27-year-old R&B star earlier in the year in a number of gossip reports, but most had stopped well short of suggesting she was carrying a Leo Jr.
Oops co-owner Frederic Turskolaski did give DiCaprio material for a potential future lawsuit after the verdict with an even more outrageous claim.
“DiCaprio almost systematically goes out with Aryan-type girls, always blonde hair,” Turskolaski told GossipCop. “He could not stand the fact that our magazine was saying he was having a baby with a black girl .”