April 13, 2018
Revenge porn — the act of disseminating personal (and explicit) photos of former loved ones to various social media sites — is repulsive. It can also be very expensive.
Just ask David K. Elam II.
Shortly after Elam’s girlfriend broke up with him, he began to post sexual pictures and videos of her on a number of pornographic websites and impersonated her in online dating forums. He threatened to make her life “so miserable she would want to kill herself” (any wonder she broke up with him?). Strangers were texting her and telling her they were coming over. The girlfriend obtained a restraining order, but Elam persisted.
Finally, she had enough. So she sued him.
Last week the federal district court in Los Angeles awarded the woman — identified only as “Jane Doe” in court documents — a default judgment in the amount of $6.45 million.
Collecting on the judgment will be another matter entirely, but the message is loud and clear.
Meanwhile, here’s a suggestion: Don’t ever take naked pictures of yourself. Ever ever ever.