Victory for Mischa Barton who has received a restraining order against two ex boyfriends, Jon Zacharias and Adam Shaw, two lovely fellows who not only filmed her without her consent or knowledge but also have been shopping around a sex tape of her without her consent or knowledge. The 31-year-old alleges that the tapes were made with hidden cameras.
The court has ordered her ex boyfriends to stay an undisclosed distance away from her and not contact her. The order also stops anyone who is considering trafficking the video.
It has been a rough couple of weeks for the former “O.C.” star. She was recently hospitalized for a mental evaluation and now this “revenge porn” situation.
In an emotional press conference, Barton’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom (daughter of PROOF favorite and famed civil rights lawyer, Gloria Allred), stated that YouPorn, RedTube and Porn.com were all considering making offers on the video which features the actress in sexually explicit situations with a man she briefly dated. The tapes have been shopped around for an asking price of $500,000.
Bloom emphasized a specific portion of the court’s ruling: This individual and his agents may not sell, distribute, give away, or show any naked pictures or video of any type of Mischa Barton. The orders are very clear about what happens to violators, whether those are agents shopping the images or the men who took them– failure to obey the court order can result in jail or prison.
We at PROOF are especially inspired by Bloom’s creative and intelligent argument that because Mischa dated the man, release of the tapes is a form of domestic abuse and Mischa is therefore protected by California’s domestic violence laws.
Barton also spoke at the press conference, saying, “This is a painful situation and my absolute worst fear was realised when I learned that someone I loved and trusted was filming my most intimate and private moments, without my consent with hidden cameras.”
We applaud Mischa, Lisa Bloom and the court for taking this situation seriously. And, we know we say this all the time here on PROOF about being a celebrity but really think about Mischa’s words at that press conference and then imagine that someone you loved and trusted betrayed you, used you in this way. Surely fame is not worth that. Stay healthy and keep fighting, Mischa. We, like your lawyer and the court, are on your side!
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