Winfrey Settles Court Fight

Friday, August 18th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

CHICAGO (AP) — Oprah Winfrey settled her court fight with two photographers on Wednesday, agreeing to share the rights to pictures that appeared in a fitness book she wrote.

Details of the settlement were kept secret under court order, and Winfrey didn't comment afterward.

Paul Natkin and Stephen Green had sued the talk show host after 11 pictures they took appeared in her 1996 best seller ``Make the Connection: Ten Steps to a Better Body and a Better Life.''

Natkin and Green said that the photos were publicity shots for ``The Oprah Winfrey Show'' and that Winfrey wasn't authorized to use the pictures in a book without paying more money. Winfrey contended that the money she paid for the shots entitled her to use them as she saw fit.

Natkin, who specializes in photographing rock bands, testified Tuesday that he didn't sue for money, just for control of his photos.

The photographers' attorney, Elliot Zinger, said they are planning a book containing the pictures.

``We got what we came here for. They can publish, they can distribute,'' Zinger said.