EXCLUSIVE: Judge Bans Topless Photos of Jen

12/7/2005 4:15 PM PST

EXCLUSIVE: Judge Bans Topless Photos of Jen

TMZ has obtained an order, issued yesterday by a judge in England, prohibiting anyone from publishing or attempting to publish topless photos of Jennifer Aniston. The photos in question reveal Aniston topless on the balcony of her home. They were shot from a distance by Los Angeles paparazzo Peter Brandt.

The order was issued in the High Court of Justice, Queen's Bench Division. Justice Eady prohibited the publication of "any photographs of the Claimant [Aniston] on the balcony of her home showing her topless or in the act of taking off or putting on her top."

The sealed injunction gave Aniston the green light to join Brandt as a defendant. The other defendants are broadly defined as "The person or persons who has or have offered for publication pictures of the claimant showing her on the balcony of her home."

Judge Eady warned the defendants: "If you disobey this Order, you may be found guilty of Contempt of Court and you may be sent to prison or fined or your assets may be seized."

Meanwhile, Aniston's LA lawyers, Jay Lavely and Yael Holtkamp, have filed suit against Peter Brandt, alleging he violated the star's right of privacy.

We're told the photos were shot on a vacant lot, some distance from Aniston's Hollywood Hills home. Lavely told TMZ, "You have someone voyeristically training a telescopic lens on a balcony."

As for why Jen's lawyers pressed their case in England: The country is host to a myriad of tabloids that often publish lurid pictures before anyone else.