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Chrissy Chambers settles her “Revenge Porn” claim

The media has reported that Chrissy Chambers, the YouTube celebrity, has settled a “revenge porn” civil claim against her former partner.

The term “revenge porn” refers to the uploading/sharing of sexually explicit material without consent of the subject in order to cause them distress and humiliation. Revenge porn is now an offence in England and Wales under the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015.

Chrissy’s ex-partner, who cannot be named for legal reasons, posted the explicit material in 2011, when it was not a criminal offence, and therefore he was not prosecuted.

However, such behaviour also engages the victim’s own legal rights and can give rise to a civil claim.  Revenge porn usually involves breaches of privacy and confidential information.  However, other legal rights can also be infringed subject to the facts, such as data protection and copyright.  Chrissy took legal action against her former partner for harassment, breach of confidence and misuse of private information.

Other similar cases include proceedings brought by the former X-Factor judge and singer Tulisa Contostavlos in 2012.  Tulisa’s ex-partner allegedly posted a sex tape of the couple on the internet without her consent. Again, the case was settled outside of court.

JMW are currently acting in a ground-breaking claim on behalf of a victim of revenge porn.  It could further develop the law surrounding the rights of revenge porn victims in this country.  Watch this space.

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