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Sunday 20 August 2017

Probe into suicide of woman who tried to get sex tape removed from internet

Members of the media crowd around the hearse during the funeral of Tiziana Cantone (ANSA/AP)
Members of the media crowd around the hearse during the funeral of Tiziana Cantone (ANSA/AP)

Prosecutors in Naples have opened a criminal investigation after the suicide of a 31-year-old woman who had fought unsuccessfully to have a video showing her having sex removed from the internet.

Chief prosecutor Francesco Greco said the investigation into possible charges of instigating suicide is being co-ordinated with another based on a defamation complaint the woman brought against four individuals last October.

The complaint remained open at the time of the woman's death on Tuesday.

According to media reports, the woman, named as Tiziana Cantone, sent the video privately to a small group of people, but it quickly went viral and she became the target of insults and jokes.

Her attempts to have the video removed from a series of platforms failed.

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