Chicagoan Jessica Voth has filed suit against her ex-boyfriend Miles Marsh, claiming "invasion of privacy" and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Voth claims that Marsh, having convinced her to pose for nude photos while they were dating, posted those photos online after they broke up, to a website that apparently does nothing but solicit "naked ex-girlfriend" photos from its users.
An important element in proving a publication claim is that if the facts published are "newsworthy," the claim will fail. For movie stars and other famous folks, lots of salacious life details that might seem private do in fact pass the newsworthiness test, making publication claims a little more difficult. But for a "private person" like Jessica Voth, suing over pictures meant for purely private use, newsworthiness is unlikely to be a factor, boosting Voth's chances of prevailing in her suit.
Unfortunately, winning damages in a lawsuit is not going to get those pictures off the internet, where such things inevitably live on forever. More and more, "don't ever do anything you wouldn't want to see posted on the internet" is becoming a rule by which we all must live.
- After nude photos of her seen on Web, woman sues ex-boyfriend (Chicago Tribune)
- Voth v. Marsh: Complaint (Scribd)
- Publication of Private Facts (Citizen Media Law Project)
- Personal Injury Overview (provided by Daniel Snyder Law Office)