Saturday, March 20, 2004

Zeta-Jones loses court fight

Catherine Zeta-Jones has lost a bid to stop a businessman from running his information technology business from a barn near her new luxury home in her Welsh hometown.

Swansea councilors voted to let Steve Gwynn continue using the outbuilding on an estate in the seaside village of Mumbles, where Zeta-Jones has built a $2 million home.

Lawyers for the actress's parents and her firm, CZ Investments, had written to the council expressing concern that visits by Gwynn's staff would jeopardize the family's privacy, asserting that they bought the plot "on the clear understanding that it would be private, prestigious and exclusive and extremely safe and secure."

Gwynn pointed out that his property generates far less interest than Zeta-Jones' mansion, which has attracted flocks of stargazers.

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