Aniston Suing over Topless Photos

06/04/2002 at 12:00 PM EDT

Jennifer Aniston's lawsuit against two magazine publishers, Man's World Publications and Crescent Publishing Group, will proceed, with the trial set to begin on July 2, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. The "Friends" star, 33, claims in her suit, initially filed in August 2000, that the publishers, whose titles include Celebrity Skin and High Society magazines, enlisted a photographer with a telephoto lens to scale a neighbor's wall to snap photos of her sunbathing topless in her backyard. In her legal papers, Aniston says the text accompanying the published photo, which described her as "raunchy," is "highly offensive and objectionable." In response, the defendants argue that the photo was newsworthy, reports AP. As PEOPLE.com reported in March, Aniston was the celebrity whose cover photo was most often plucked off magazine racks by consumers in the final months of 2001, according to Media Industry Newsletter (MIN). Aniston, who proved she was a publisher's dream with her memorable debut in the buff on the cover of Rolling Stone in March 1996, ranked high in popularity and sales figures with both men and women, MIN reported. In the final months of last year, she appeared on the best-selling issues of Elle, Redbook and Ladies Home Journal, the last of which also featured her husband, Brad Pitt.

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