Friday 24 November 2017

Gardaí uncover mocked-up images of RTÉ stars on x-rated websites

Rachel Allen, Claire Byrne, Kathryn Thomas and Vogue Williams
Rachel Allen, Claire Byrne, Kathryn Thomas and Vogue Williams
Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

Gardaí have discovered photoshopped images of RTÉ stars on a pornographic website as part of their investigation into ‘revenge porn’.

Officers were investigating the non-consensual uploading of images of teenage girls to porn sites when they came across mocked-up images of RTÉ stars superimposed on pornographic images, the Irish Mail on Sunday reports.

Claire Byrne, Kathryn Thomas, Vogue Williams and Rachel Allen had their faces photoshopped onto images of naked women.

“It must be awful for someone whose real images have been used,” Rachel Allen told the Mail on Sunday.

Rachel Allen
Rachel Allen

“Maybe I shouldn’t have but when I heard about mine I did somehow manage to see the funny side of it. But on a serious level, there absolutely needs to be laws.”

Currently, there is no legal framework to prosecute someone who uploads images of another person without consent unless they are underage.

A report by the Law Reform Commission in September recommended tough new laws to deal with online harassment, including the non-consensual uploading of images and manipulated images.

More than 200 people have thus far been prosecuted under a similar law in England and Wales.

Vogue Williams at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Picture: Mark Condren
Vogue Williams at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Picture: Mark Condren

The current Garda investigation involves at least a dozen women around the county, some of whom are underage.

“This should be a warning to people who have 2,500 friends on Facebook, most of whom they don’t know in real life, that this could happen to you,” a source told the newspaper.

“There are also copies of Snapchat pictures. Most girls don’t have a clue their pictures have been swiped.”

Kathryn Thomas at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren
Kathryn Thomas at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren

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