Thursday 20 July 2017

'Today we have justice': Mischa Barton wins legal battle to block 'revenge porn'

The former star of The OC has claimed she was secretly filmed by her ex-partner.

Mischa Barton attends the 70th Anniversary of the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 23, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images)
Mischa Barton attends the 70th Anniversary of the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 23, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images)
Mischa Barton visits the Avakian Suite during The 69th Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Avakian)
Mischa Barton attends the Chiara Boni La Petite Robe fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
Mischa Barton attends tThe Heart Fund Generous People Gala 2016 during the 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2016 in Cannes, . (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)

By Kerri-Ann Roper

Mischa Barton has won a legal battle to block the spread of revenge porn that was allegedly secretly filmed by her ex-partner, her lawyer has said.

The British-American, who starred in The OC, celebrated the result on Monday, saying she hopes the case sets a precedent for women everywhere.

Human rights attorney Lisa Bloom said Mischa, 31, won a permanent restraining order against her ex, named in court papers as Jon Zacharias, after a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Outside court, the actress said: “Today was major not just for me but for women everywhere who get to decide what images of their body are shown.

Mischa Barton attends tThe Heart Fund Generous People Gala 2016 during the 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2016 in Cannes, . (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
Mischa Barton attends tThe Heart Fund Generous People Gala 2016 during the 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2016 in Cannes, . (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)

“I hope that this case helps set a precedent for women everywhere that they should stand up for their rights.

“I’m happy to be putting this behind me and it’s been a bit of an ordeal and a crazy experience.

“Today we have justice and it feels good.”

Bloom said they had won court orders preventing people from trafficking explicit videos and images of Mischa without consent.

Mischa’s ex-partner must stay 100 yards (91 metres) away from her permanently and turn over all of the explicit images, the lawyer said.

Bloom added: “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.

Mischa Barton attends the Chiara Boni La Petite Robe fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
Mischa Barton attends the Chiara Boni La Petite Robe fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)

“If a woman wants to do that, fine. If she doesn’t, fine. The choice is hers and hers alone.”

Mischa previously said that her ex-partner had used hidden cameras to film their most intimate moments.

She launched the legal bid in March after learning images and videos were being sold and published on adult websites.

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