It's been a good week for Leonardo DiCaprio. The actor sued a French magazine who claimed he was having a baby with Rihanna… and he won.
A court ordered the company behind Oops magazine to pay out €8,000 in damages and legal fees, and also to print a retraction in an upcoming issue which notes that Leo won a case against them.
Back in May, Oops printed a cover story with the (translated) headline, "Rihanna: Pregnant with Leonardo! He doesn't want the baby." The salacious story would most likely have escaped Leonardo's notice had he not been in France for the Cannes Film Festival at the time. Awks.
In the court papers filed by Leo's legal team, the actor sought the maximum amount in damages for such a case, which by French law is €18,000.
In response to the filing, Oops' co-owner Frederic Truskolaski told Gossip Cop, "We didn’t know [if Rihanna was pregnant]… We thought she might be. We were not sure, of course."
Back in January, Leo and Rihanna were indeed rumoured to be dating, after various sources reported seeing them kissing at a Playboy Mansion party. However the actor later released a statement via his rep to say he was "single" and had been "for some time."
The French court found that Oops had violated France's strict privacy laws by publishing details about Leo's personal life and also by using two paparazzi shots of him on the street.
This is not the first time in recent memory that a celebrity has taken a magazine to court in Europe. Back in October 2014, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel sued the European edition of Heat in Dublin after an unfounded report claimed Justin had been seen with other women at a club in Paris.
The couple reportedly chose an Irish court because they felt Irish libel law offered the best legal protection. In the end a settlement was reached before the trial began.