Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Texas Women Sue X-Rated Revenge Website
CBS local ^ | 01/23/2013 | J.D. Miles & Angela Martin

Posted on 01/24/2013 11:06:04 AM PST by Responsibility2nd

FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – Sexy pictures, taken for private purposes, are finding their way online.

The website, described as a revenge porn site, is posting explicit photos submitted by men seeking revenge on their ex-girlfriends.

But a group of Texas women may get the last laugh, after filing a lawsuit against the site.

Hollie Toups, 32, says she “stopped breathing for awhile” when she found semi-nude pictures of herself on the site. Toups went from being a modest teacher’s aide in Beaumont to an unintended porn star, after an ex-boyfriend posted explicit photos along with personal information.

“I was at a store one day and somebody was like hey you’re the girl from that website,” says Toups.

Toups and 25 other women are suing the website and its owner, who has a fictitious address in Richardson.

“I am very confident I will find that person,” says John S. Morgan, plaintiff’s attorney. “It really touched my heart the amount of emotional devastation every one of these women have suffered.”

The lawsuit comes after the women say the website refused to remove the photos unless they paid a fee.

“I thought that was outrageous that they had to gall to ask me to do that,” says Toups.

It’s not hard to track down unsuspecting women who had nude and sexually explicit photos through Facebook and other social media.

CBS 11 News found dozens of women in North Texas on the site, and one who says her father alerted her she was a revenge porn victim.

“It was humiliating I didn’t want to go anywhere I started questioning people’s politeness was it genuine how are you doing or was it in the back of your mind I saw you on that site,” says Toups.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

Local attorney Victor Johnson says the lawsuit could be difficult to pursue if website’s operator can prove its a bulletin board and that they have no control over the content.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: napl
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-72 next last
"It’s not hard to track down unsuspecting women who had nude and sexually explicit photos through Facebook and other social media."

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Life must be tough if you're stupid enough to post nekkid pictures of yourself and then complain when others post those same pics.

1 posted on 01/24/2013 11:06:09 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

I would have to see the pictures to determine if it’s porn or not.... : )


2 posted on 01/24/2013 11:09:54 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

Let’s see.... Time to photo shop some pics of Hillary Clinton with Helen Thomas! I will leave this one to the imagination!!!!


3 posted on 01/24/2013 11:10:15 AM PST by tired&retired
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

I think you’re misreading a very poorly written sentence from the article.


4 posted on 01/24/2013 11:10:24 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

The women didn’t post anything. They posed for sexy pictures for their boyfriends, then after the relationships ended, the boyfriends got revenge by posting the pictures.


5 posted on 01/24/2013 11:11:17 AM PST by Nea Wood (When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

If the owner was going to charge a fee to have the pictures removed, then it could be argued that the site was not a bulletin board since the owner had control of the content and could remove the photos!


6 posted on 01/24/2013 11:11:46 AM PST by mdmathis6 ("Barry" Xmas to all and have a rapaciously taxable New Year!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

Tsk, tsk. It’s hard to feel sorry for these women, being so unsavvy about modern technology AND romantically inept. I’m not getting preachy about pre-marital sex, nor am I oblivious to it, but these women need to realize that nude photos shared with a man who is not their husband requires a lot of trust...probably more trust than that person has earned.


7 posted on 01/24/2013 11:12:10 AM PST by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

“Local attorney Victor Johnson says the lawsuit could be difficult to pursue if website’s operator can prove its a bulletin board and that they have no control over the content.”

For a lawyer, ANY lawyer to make that statement instead of pursuing a law suit on behalf of these women tells me there is no legal action that can be taken.


8 posted on 01/24/2013 11:14:20 AM PST by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cyber Liberty

flr


9 posted on 01/24/2013 11:17:27 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

“...went from being a modest teacher’s aide in Beaumont to an unintended porn star...”

Don’t. Take. Pics.


10 posted on 01/24/2013 11:17:42 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. The 2nd Amendment is the First Human Right.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd
Daddies, tell your daughters and tell them until they're sick of hearing it.

Your body is eyes only. Nobody takes pictures unless you want to be a porn star. Not your boyfriend, not your girlfriend, not the love of your life, not your husband.

Eyes only.

Don't forget.

11 posted on 01/24/2013 11:23:08 AM PST by ArGee (Reality - what a concept.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nea Wood
The women didn’t post anything. They posed for sexy pictures for their boyfriends, then after the relationships ended, the boyfriends got revenge by posting the pictures.

You would think people would have learned by now NOT to pose for "sexy" pictures that involved any degree of nudity.

Still, there is also an added problem that even some women that didn't intentionally pose for pictures ended up having some taken of them when they were unaware that a bf was snapping photos or recording. It's sleazy, but it does happen.

12 posted on 01/24/2013 11:23:19 AM PST by Longbow1969
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: All

If the owner is using a fake address for his site’s registration, his registrar can take down his site. That’s a major ICANN no-no.


13 posted on 01/24/2013 11:23:39 AM PST by Bob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: V_TWIN
"Local attorney Victor Johnson says the lawsuit could be difficult to pursue if website’s operator CAN prove its a bulletin board and that they have no control over the content"

There is evidence in the fact they can charge fees to remove material that, on the surface, indicates they are a managing website operator.

14 posted on 01/24/2013 11:23:55 AM PST by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Lou L
these women need to realize that nude photos shared with a man who is not their husband requires a lot of trust... probably more trust than that person has earned

I once worked with a young woman whose husband had gone overseas to do contract work, and he asked if she'd send him some "glamour shots." She granted his request and then was mortified when she found out that he had shared them with the guys. I guess the trust issue wasn't insurmountable as she went on to have a couple of kids with him, but to say she was angry at the time would be an understatement.

15 posted on 01/24/2013 11:25:04 AM PST by niteowl77 (Oh, crap.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

16 posted on 01/24/2013 11:27:26 AM PST by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

Is semi-nude kinda like semi-pregnant?


17 posted on 01/24/2013 11:27:59 AM PST by jaydubya2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Old Teufel Hunden
I would have to see the pictures to determine if it’s porn or not.... : )

Some of them might discourage male excitation...But the lady still doesn't want her nude pix out

18 posted on 01/24/2013 11:28:47 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

Imagine this narration as read by David Attenborough.

“In the human species, the female attracts interested males by putting on a colorful display. In fact, she is compelled to do so, with some females adopting an almost comically gaudy appearance. Others go in the opposite direction, by shedding clothing as if they intend to mate just then.

“For their part, the inclination of the male humans is to gaze at the females much like hungry lions gaze at gazelles.

“It does not even matter to the males if the female is alive and standing in front of them, or is just a depiction of a female. They, likewise, cannot control their compunctions.

“But this gives females a unique opportunity to shed their garments exclusively for still or video photography. An activity that far too many females realize afterwards, was a demonstrably bad idea.”


19 posted on 01/24/2013 11:29:50 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

You are correct - stupid enough to take such photos for “boyfriends”.

That stuff is suppose to stay private - and for your HUSBAND. But since the morality of human beings is as fallen and corrupt as it has become - nobody keeps anything special and in the right place.

Sorry - I have NO sympathy. Decisions have consequences.


20 posted on 01/24/2013 11:34:37 AM PST by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

...one who says her father alerted her she was a revenge porn victim.


This one gave me a chuckle. Gee, I wonder how he found out. ;-)


21 posted on 01/24/2013 11:34:48 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Lou L

This happened to Susanne Sommers regarding an old boyfriend and a playboy spread.

I don’t believe she had recourse, but she may have signed something so I dunno...


22 posted on 01/24/2013 11:36:59 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

Like it or not once you send an image to someone there is always a risk that the photo can go online. Online images never die, sexting is so stupid I don’t know y people do it.


23 posted on 01/24/2013 11:36:59 AM PST by erod (I'm a Chicagoan till Chicago ends...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

Ladies, if you don’t want naked pictures of yourself on the Internet, don’t voluntarily take naked pictures of yourself.

Nude pictures taken without a persons knowledge should be treated as a felony. Of course, that will put half the government in jail.


24 posted on 01/24/2013 11:38:32 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: erod

I’m sure it doesn’t apply today, but there was an old rule, “If you EVER plan on going into politics, never allow yourself to be photographed with a drink in your hand.


25 posted on 01/24/2013 11:40:32 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: cuban leaf

Would that happen to be the famous “Right On” photo? Google it, but NSFW.


26 posted on 01/24/2013 11:41:38 AM PST by jaydubya2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Longbow1969

This is funny... The lawsuit lists the site... texxxan.com

Most of the pics are taken by the women themselves using their cell phone camera and a mirror! Too funny as the lawsuit has increased the publicity of the site which is now crashing due to so many visits!


27 posted on 01/24/2013 11:41:38 AM PST by tired&retired
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: cuban leaf
This happened to Susanne Sommers regarding an old boyfriend and a playboy spread.

Dr. Laura Schlesinger is perhaps an even greater example. Or Kristen Davis from Sex and the City. Any woman who poses nekkid for a guy who hasn't put a ring on her finger is taking a HUGE risk (and perhaps even after that)


28 posted on 01/24/2013 11:42:39 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: tired&retired
Time to photo shop some pics of Hillary Clinton with Helen Thomas! I will leave this one to the imagination!!!!

Add Janet Reno,

Voilà, un ménage de trois Gorgones terrible!

My eyes, my eyes!

Regards,
GtG

29 posted on 01/24/2013 11:43:52 AM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: V_TWIN

They should sue for insult.

There is no limit for the amount that can be sued for in an insult case.

They should also name the “boyfriend” as the target.


30 posted on 01/24/2013 11:45:50 AM PST by Dan(9698)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

If these women win this lawsuit, FreeRepublic and other online forums will be targeted and probably be lawfared into closing down in the near future using this ruling.

So all you stupid fools should consider the hypocricy in cheering for these women.


31 posted on 01/24/2013 11:46:17 AM PST by JerseyHighlander
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cuban leaf

LOLOLOL

True. There is a thread around here somewheres from a few years ago where some fool in Europe phoned for a whore.

When said whore showed up - - it was his dear little daughter.

Awkward....


32 posted on 01/24/2013 11:47:00 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: V_TWIN
These boobs are copyright 2013 by Jane X. Doe. All Rights Reserved. They may not be retransmitted or reproduced in any form without her express written consent.
33 posted on 01/24/2013 11:48:37 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: cuban leaf
This one gave me a chuckle. Gee, I wonder how he found out. ;-)

One of the guys from the office told me. ;)

Kind of reminds me of that scene from the second "Lethal Weapon" movie - the one where the man invites all his friends to see his daughter in her televised commercial. :-O

34 posted on 01/24/2013 11:48:37 AM PST by ArGee (Reality - what a concept.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd
Toups went from being a modest teacher’s aide in Beaumont to an unintended porn star, after an ex-boyfriend posted explicit photos along with personal information.

Toups proved already willing to be a porn star, when she provided the photos to an audience of one (her then-boyfriend). That doesn't excuse what the now-ex has done with the photos, but it shows that she wasn't always the "modest teacher's aide" that she now claims to be.

35 posted on 01/24/2013 11:51:49 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Buckeye McFrog

HA! good enough for the nfl.


36 posted on 01/24/2013 11:55:26 AM PST by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

“one who says her father alerted her she was a revenge porn victim. “

What is dad doing looking at porn?


37 posted on 01/24/2013 11:55:56 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (There is no requirement to show need in order to exercise your rights.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

I went on the website to review the pictures. SOMEBODY had to do the research.

If this woman took the pictures and sent them to her boyfriend then she would have a copyright complaint given she never gave permission to use the pictures elsewhere. She didn’t. Her boyfriend apparently too a lot of pictures of her. I may be wrong, but I don’t think she has a valid cause of action.


38 posted on 01/24/2013 12:00:12 PM PST by Smedley (It's a sad day for American capitalism when a man can't fly a midget on a kite over Central Park)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tired&retired
Let’s see.... Time to photo shop some pics of Hillary Clinton with Helen Thomas! I will leave this one to the imagination!!!!

If I ever saw something like that....with those two in particular....I would, with great haste, rip out my eyes and pour bleach into the sockets. Then blow my brains out so I'd never have to remember that I ever saw such an abomination.

39 posted on 01/24/2013 12:01:30 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Blood of Tyrants
“one who says her father alerted her she was a revenge porn victim. “ What is dad doing looking at porn?

Possibly it was somebody who knew the family, and was more comfortable telling the dad.

40 posted on 01/24/2013 12:10:37 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: Blood of Tyrants
What is dad doing looking at porn?

Waxing nostalgic?

41 posted on 01/24/2013 12:11:24 PM PST by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: Slings and Arrows

Psssst — over heer — you wan to donload feelthy picture, senior?


42 posted on 01/24/2013 12:13:13 PM PST by L,TOWM (No one in the US is free of the spirit of entitlement)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd
when she found semi-nude pictures of herself on the site. Toups went from being a modest teacher’s aide in Beaumont to an unintended porn star,

So when the pictures were taken, was she being a porn star or a modest teacher's aide?

Sorry, but everybody should know by now that if there are nekkid photos of you, they'll wind up on the Internet. Except of me... There are bidding wars to keep nekkid photos of me from being seen, and they just won't let me post them!

Mark

43 posted on 01/24/2013 12:14:50 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Smedley

The legal issue isn’t so much copyright as it is invasion of privacy. The website can’t commercially exploit her image without her permission. Same reason Girls Gone Wild lost its case - they weren’t getting model releases from the girls.


44 posted on 01/24/2013 12:19:32 PM PST by colorado tanker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: MarkL

If you are stupid enough to hand out nude (or semi-nude) photos of yourself, you are too stupid to be a teacher.


45 posted on 01/24/2013 12:20:34 PM PST by Iron Munro (I Miss America, don't you?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd
As on of my grandmothers used to say: "Don't do anything you wouldn't want to see on the front page of the paper."

Impeach the kenyan or secession.


46 posted on 01/24/2013 12:28:25 PM PST by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cuban leaf

Yeah - I read that and thought AAAWWWWKWAAAAARDDD!


47 posted on 01/24/2013 12:35:01 PM PST by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

I don’t know why you people stick up for these women. Women need to get what’s coming to them! Look at the percentage of people that put the Bu__hole back in office, women! They need to pay what’s coming to them!!!


48 posted on 01/24/2013 12:38:48 PM PST by forbushalltheway
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: colorado tanker

Okay, after looking at the complaint I see the tort is under “Texas law.” Apparently there’s no statute or it would have been listed.

INVASION OF PRIVACY

A common law right to privacy exists under Texas law. Billings v. Atkinson, 489 S.W.2d 858, 860 (Tex.1973). The Texas Constitution guarantees the sanctity of the home and person from unreasonable intrusion. Texas State Employees Union v. Texas Department of Mental Health & Mental Retardation, 746 S.W.2d 203, 205 (Tex.1987).

The elements of a claim for invasion of privacy are
(1) The defendant intentionally intruded on the plaintiff’s solitude, seclusion, or private affairs; and
(2) The intrusion would be highly offensive to a reasonable person.
Valenzuela v. Aquino, 853 S.W.2d 512, 513 (Tex.1993).

When assessing the offensive nature of the invasion, courts have required that the intrusion be unreasonable, unjustified, or unwarranted. Billings v. Atkinson, 489 S.W.2d 858, 860 (Tex.1973).

The issue as i see it is that there’s no intrusion as the property at issue wasn’t the girl’s property.

Again, I may be wrong


49 posted on 01/24/2013 12:41:02 PM PST by Smedley (It's a sad day for American capitalism when a man can't fly a midget on a kite over Central Park)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: jaydubya2
Is semi-nude kinda like semi-pregnant?

Have you seen bathing suits gals wear?

50 posted on 01/24/2013 12:44:37 PM PST by theDentist (FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-72 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson