Former Rep. Katie Hill lost important decision in her revenge porn lawsuit Daily mail and three more defendants after a judge found the British tabloid had the right to publish nude photos of Hill for reasons of public interest.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Yolanda Orozco said nude photos of Hill holding a bong were protected by the First Amendment, the Los Angeles Times reported.
In a copy of the ruling obtained by the California-based City News Service, Judge Orozco said the photos “spoke with [Hill’s] character and qualifications for his position, “because they” would have portrayed [Hill] with a campaign staff member she allegedly had a sexual affair with who appeared to show [Hill] using a then illegal drug and displaying a tattoo that was controversial because it looked like a white supremacist symbol that had become a problem during his congressional campaign. “
The judge added that she was not persuaded by the arguments against the images “of public interest” to voters.
Lawyer for former congressman Carrie Goldberg said her client would appeal the ruling and argued the court had set a “dangerous precedent” by ruling in favor of the ruling. Mail.
“Anyone who dares to step into the public eye should now have a legitimate concern that old nude and sexual images may be widely shared and published by any person or media claiming to have journalistic intentions,” Goldberg tweeted.
She added that the decision had “the exact opposite effect” of that intended by the California ban on pornographic revenge. The state made the sharing of revenge pornography a crime in 2013. Failure to follow the law can result in a six-month sentence.
Hill criticized the Los Angeles Superior Court ruling on Wednesday night, saying it could have “massive implications” for women wishing to run for public office.
“We are facing a deeply misogynistic system that must change, and it won’t be until we force it,” she tweeted.
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The former Democratic Representative for California’s 25th Congressional District sued the Mail, conservative website Redstate.com and her ex-husband Kenneth Heslep about the non-consensual publication of her nude photos. She will now have to pay the legal fees of the British tabloid.
Hill’s legal team claimed Heslep had been abusive and “would stop at nothing to destroy his ex-wife’s life” by providing nude photos of her to the media. She also said she suffered emotional distress and attempted suicide after stepping down from her seat in October 2019.
In a provocative resignation speech on the House floor on October 31, she denounced a “misogynistic culture that nicely consumed my nude photos.”