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Mischa Barton’s lawyer declares victory in revenge porn lawsuit

The 'O.C.' actress reached a settlement.

 

Audra Schroeder

IRL

Published Jun 6, 2017   Updated May 23, 2021, 4:06 am CDT

Mischa Barton’s lawyer has declared victory in the actress’s revenge porn case.

On Monday, Barton and her attorney Lisa Bloom reached a settlement in Los Angeles Superior Court, in which Barton’s ex Jon Zacharias agreed to turn over explicit images of Barton and not distribute them. In March, Barton threatened legal action after she found out sexually explicit images and footage of her were being shopped to porn sites for $500,000. She was also granted a temporary restraining order against Zacharias and another ex.

Revenge porn is illegal in California, but it’s still a widespread problem and many states don’t have any legislation in place. However, revenge porn laws have now been extended to the Navy and Marines, and Facebook has vowed to use AI to fight its distribution.

In a statement on Monday, Bloom said the victory is about more than her client:

“I am proud to declare victory for Mischa. She did this not just for herself, but for all women and girls. Mischa wants everyone to know that we have the right to control our own bodies and decide whether or not to have explicit photos out there for the world to see. If a woman wants to do that, fine. If she doesn’t, fine. The choice is hers and hers alone.”

H/T Variety

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*First Published: Jun 6, 2017, 10:41 am CDT