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Actress accuses ex of revenge porn and stalking

Actress Mischa Barton says that she would be "terrified" if she saw the ex-boyfriend whom she says has been trying to sell video of the 31-year-old engaged in sex to various companies for $500,000. Barton may be best known for to many people for her role in the TV series The O.C. from 2003 to 2006.

Barton is suing her ex for trying to distribute what her attorney says is "revenge porn." However, she is also taking steps to keep him away from her permanently. Although she has obtained temporary restraining orders (TROs) against him, she says that he's been "lurking" near her home as well as texting her. She also says that he showed up at a friend's house where she was staying.

In a recent court hearing, a judge extended the TRO and is set to make it permanent later this month. The former boyfriend didn't attend the hearing, reportedly because his mother was having surgery in another state.

Barton told Dr. Phil McGraw on his television show that she believed the former boyfriend was trying to "emotional[ly] blackmail" her. She says that she considers the most recent ruling "a victory."

Barton's well-known attorney Lisa Bloom, however, says that they aren't finished. She asserts that they plan to see that the man is under "every available civil and criminal law."

In discussing the issue of revenge pornography, Bloom said, "Every woman has the right to control which images of her own body and face should be distributed. Mischa Barton has the right to make that choice. Every woman has the right to make that choice."

Revenge porn has become an increasingly frequent form of domestic violence, both in addition to physical violence and on its own. As a recent article in Self magazine noted, it "can have a serious impact on a victim's mental health."

You don't have to be famous to be the victim of revenge porn. Explicit private photos and videos can be posted on social media sites by angry exes for the victim's friends and family to see. If you are being victimized in this way, it's essential to seek legal guidance immediately.

Source: People, "Mischa Barton Testifies in Revenge-Porn Case as Lawyer Declares ‘Another Court Victory’," Dave Quinn, July 01, 2017

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