Fantastic High Court Ruling To Protect Against Potential Acts of Revenge Porn Whilst Still Maintaining Anonymity

Fantastic High Court Ruling To Protect Against Potential Acts of Revenge Porn…Whilst Still Maintaining Anonymity

 

On Saturday, following an emergency hearing at the High Court in London, a successful actor was granted a ban on nude pictures and sexual activity involving him from appearing on social media and in magazines.

This ban, or injunction, was granted in the nick of time: preventing the images from going viral – which would have brought this actor (who was known as JPH for these proceedings) and his reputation crashing down. 

Mr Justice Popplewell, the Judge determining the merits of the application determined that the photographs and videos that had been taken, showed intimate, graphic and sexually explicit material of a highly sensitive and personal nature and therefore ‘there is cogent and credible evidence that the effect of disclosure will be highly damaging to JPH both emotionally and financially.’

The former partner, known only as XYZ had already posted a number of images on a website, but with this order, JPH had these successfully removed and the injunction will now prevent further publication.

 

A great result and to add to this, the judge made an anonymity order for both the actor and his former lover and also restricted access to the Court file.

What happens if the injunction is breached?  If XYZ was so naïve or stupid to still publish the images or videos that she has in her possession or to reveal the identity, she would be in contempt of court which the High Court does not take too lightly.  As well as financial penalties, the option of prison would also be available to the Court.

With social media being the main medium for communication for a lot of people, it is a relief to see that the Courts are now up to speed with the need for protection to be granted.  If there is a real and genuine fear that social media will be used to destroy your reputation – there is no need to just wait and see.  You can stop the threat before it becomes reality.  Give us a call and we can explain how.

Rupinder Bains

Managing Director

Pinder Reaux & Associates