On Tuesday we reported that someone was peddling an explicit sex tape featuring actress Mischa Barton, 31, to various adult sites.
The Daily Mail reported…
“The tape is being shopped around porn valley, the asking price is $500,000. I know that at least three large online porn sites, YouPorn.com, Porn.com and RedTube.com have reviewed it and they’re all seriously considering the offer. I’ve seen stills from the video, it’s clearly Mischa in my opinion. She’s seen performing a sex act on a guy and can be seen having sex in various positions.”
It’s not clear who the man in the video is and Barton has not stepped out with anyone publicly in recent months. It’s believed the video was shot at a private residence in Hollywood within the past year. Barton is seen wearing a grey hoodie and nothing else having sex on a double bed with a man wearing just a black t-shirt.
I still want to know where “porn valley” is so I can take a road trip, but back to the story.
Since the report of the sex tape broke, Barton has retained attorney Lisa Bloom, who issued a statement that shows they aren’t messing around…
“I am very proud to represent actress Mischa Barton, who is courageously standing up for her rights.”
“It has been reported that naked or sexually explicit images of Ms. Barton are being ‘shopped around.’ Ms. Barton does not consent to any disclosure of any such images She believes that she was recorded without her consent by someone she was seeing at the time.”
“There’s a name for this disgusting conduct: revenge pornography. Revenge pornography is a form of sexual assault, and it is also a crime and a civil wrong in California. And we will not stand for it.”
“I have a message for anyone who attempts to traffic in these photos or videos of Ms. Barton: we will find you, and we will come after you. We will fully prosecute you under every available criminal and civil law.”
“You proceed at your peril.”
Bloom, who some of you may remember from her show on truTV, Lisa Bloom: Open Court, which aired from 2006 to 2009, also told PEOPLE that “this has been very upsetting to Mischa” and says Barton might be able to pursue both civil and criminal court cases.
“I’ve been doing women’s right cases for 30 years,” Bloom continues, “and what I see over and over again is women who are very scared, but when they stand up on their own two feet and they say, ‘No, I’m not going to stand for this, I’m going to fight back,’ it’s very empowering. I think this is a very healthy step that Mischa step is taking.”
As of right now there has been no report of who is trying to sell the tape nor when it was taken. Barton’s response, however, does give credence to the fact that it might actually exist.
And if she hasn’t given this person permission to sell the tape, here’s to hoping whoever is peddling it gets found and is properly dealt with by the justice system.