Woman successfully sues ex-boyfriend for posting ‘revenge porn’ online

The Fourteenth Court of Appeals released its published opinion in No. 14-14-00459-CV. A woman successfully sued her ex-boyfriend in Texas for posting “revenge porn” of her on the Internet, receiving $345,000 in damages.

Upset with his ex-girlfriend, Nadia Hussein, for breaking up with him, Akhil Patel posted pornographic video of her to YouTube and porn sites, sending the links to some of Hussein’s family members, as is revealed in released text message exchanges between Patel and Hussein.

Hussein sued Patel for IIED (intentional infliction of emotional distress), defamation, public disclosure of private facts, and intrusion on seclusion, for which she was awarded $500,000.

Patel appealed the decision; the IIED and defamation charges were dropped, resulting in her receiving $345,000, instead of the original $500,000.

“It was traumatizing,” Hussein said in her testimony, “I didn’t know what I—I didn’t know what I could do. . . . I didn’t want to face anyone.”

Before and after posting the videos, Patel harassed Hussein with phone calls, text messages and emails between the years of 2010—their breakup—and 2013—when Hussein sued.

In one of Patel’s messages to Hussein, he writes, “All I want is some kind of response, if I don’t get that at least, even a single “A”, imma act like you IMMATURE and send stuff to spite/hurt you cause you love to hurt me soo much so I guess I will return the favor, im tired of being hurt by you.”

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Patel also sent Hussein messages such as “stp rackin up shi on the credit gurl! debt getting hi,” which she interpreted as him having acquired personal information of hers. In Hussein’s testimony, she said that Patel sent her the social security numbers of herself and her mother.

After the videos had been posted, Hussein became less confident, paranoid and more reclusive, according to the testimony of her friends. However, the defense adduced picture of Hussein from her social media accounts–taken during the time in question–out with friends at events.

At one point, Hussein even moved out of her house into a burglar-proof apartment, where she installed an additional lock, Hussein testified.

Hussein and Patel began dating in high school.

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Aim, shoot, regret: States move to ban revenge porn

DENVER, Colo. — A photo taken in the passionate heat of the moment. A vengeful ex. And a recipe for online trouble that could last forever once that picture reaches the Internet.

It’s called “revenge porn,” and states across the country are moving to outlaw it.

“This type of thing is mortifying. It’s humiliating. And once it’s online, it’s nearly permanent,” says Arizona state Rep. J.D. Mesnard, a Republican.

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer last week signed Mesnard’s bill into law, adding their state to a list that already includes California, Georgia, Idaho, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. Colorado and Hawaii lawmakers are also considering similar measures.

The selfie culture that’s arisen around Internet-connected smartphones has prompted an explosion of photo sharing. This year, Americans will share an estimated 55 billion camera-phone photos, according to the data-tracking company InfoTrends. But like any technology, someone finds a way to exploit it, Mesnard says.

Holly Jacobs found that out the hard way. Several years ago, she says, a former boyfriend posted explicit photos of her online, without her permission. It was a deliberate effort to hurt and punish her following a breakup, she says.

“We need to recognize that this is a form of sexual abuse,” says Jacobs, who changed her name after the photos went public. “Nobody should be using this to abuse someone else. That’s not OK.”

Jacobs became the face of the problem with her nonprofit, End Revenge Porn, through which she says has heard from thousands of women who have been victimized.

“I think somebody needed to put a face to it, so legislators could understand this is a real issue that affects real people,” she says.

Critics of the revenge-porn laws include the ACLU, which worries the measures are so broadly written that they outlaw legitimate actions, such as posting a picture of a married politician having an affair. Arizona’s law, for instance, arguably makes it a felony to have shared the now-infamous pictures of former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, said ACLU staff attorney Lee Rowland. She says the laws need to make it clear that someone knowingly and maliciously shared a photo, instead of simply passing along a picture they found on the Internet.

“No one in their right mind is in favor of revenge porn. But the devil’s in the details,” said Rowland, who works on the ACLU’s speech, privacy and technology project. “The sharing of nudity online happens all the time, and people aren’t hurt by it.”

Aim, shoot, regret: States move to ban ‘revenge porn’ – USA TODAY
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