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Fielding sues over "topless" photos

The wife of Switzerland's ambassador to Germany, Shawne Fielding, has said she will sue two German publications after they printed a photomontage purporting to show her topless.

This content was published on May 25, 2001 - 22:55

The news comes just weeks after the former Miss Texas caused uproar in Switzerland when she was pictured in a series of revealing photographs taken around the Swiss embassy in Berlin.

Fielding later apologised to the Swiss foreign minister, Joseph Deiss, and promised not to pose for any more photographs without written permission of the foreign ministry.

A Berlin entertainment listings magazine, "Tip", this week published a follow-up to that story, in which it included a portrait of the 31-year-old wife of ambassador Thomas Borer superimposed on the body of a topless model. The montage was also published by the local tabloid, "BZ".

"These blatant attempts to ruin my marriage as well as both my husband's and my career must end now," she said in a statement. Her lawyer said she was seeking "substantial" damages from the two publications.

The Swiss foreign ministry declined to comment on the incident.

Photographs of Borer and Fielding frequently appear in the German press. Last December, Borer was hauled before Deiss after he made derogatory remarks on television about a rock star, who had been photographed with his wife.

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