Northern Ireland

Antrim woman to sue sex website over photographs

High Court
Image caption The High Court granted the woman permission to sue the site

A Country Antrim woman whose private photos appeared on a website for prostitutes has received legal permission to sue its US operators.

A barrister for the woman, who cannot be identified, lodged a writ claiming damages for the misuse of photos taken by an ex-partner.

In the writ, Peter Girvan said it left his client feeling distraught at being wrongly associated with the vice trade.

He added that she had requested removal of the photos but nothing was done.

According to the court papers, four pictures of the woman appeared on the site.

The writ also disclosed that a campaign of harassment which led to her leaving her hometown and moving into a refuge may be linked to the unauthorised publication.

It was stressed that she never consented to the pictures being seen by anyone other than her former partner "and even then obviously within the context of her relationship".

Mr Girvan is now set to issue injunction proceedings in a bid to have the photos taken down.

He has also secured an order to protect the anonymity of his client and any use of the pictures.

But as part of a wider lawsuit, the woman is seeking damages for the misuse of private information and being wrongly depicted as a prostitute.

Her case has been advanced by the High Court granting leave to serve proceedings out of jurisdiction on a defendant with a listed address in New York.