TRINIDAD – Simmons to pay $150,000 for revenge porn

PORT OF SPAIN –– National cricketer Lendl Simmons has been ordered to pay his former lover $150,000 in compensation for disseminating a series of photographs of them engaged in sexual act.

Delivering a landmark ruling in the Port of Spain High Court, Justice Frank Seepersad ruled that Simmons had breached the confidentiality of his relationship with 24-year-old mother of two Therese Ho by sending the photos to her friends after their relationship ended in 2013.

Therese Ho and Lendl Simmons.
Therese Ho and Lendl Simmons.

While Seepersad admitted that local laws had not developed to address issue of revenge porn, the court had a duty to develop and interpret existing laws to protect citizens such as Ho from the pain and suffering which resulted from the unregulated practice popularized with the increased use of social media.

He also called upon Parliament to seriously consider introducing legislation to address the issue and other forms of cyber-harassment, including racism in online posts, examples of which followed the general election last month.

In addition to the compensation, Simmons was also ordered delete the photographs and to refrain from further disseminating them. Seepersad also ordered that copies of the photos used during the case be immediately destroyed.

Source: (Trinidad Guardian)

One Response to TRINIDAD – Simmons to pay $150,000 for revenge porn

  1. Parris October 27, 2015 at 2:09 am

    Is a measly sum of $150,000 enough compensation for the shame and embarrassment this woman has endured for an act in the privacy of her/his bedroom?
    Let this be a lesson to all women to refrain from these pictorial engagements. One never knows what will be the outcome?
    Fingers will be pointed at her and conversations will be about her bedroom manners all because a partner decided to share this private act with the general public. Sexual intercourse converted to verbal intercourse!!!!!

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