Mischa Barton wins legal victory against ex peddling secret sex tape

Mischa Barton was victorious in court yesterday in a case against an ex boyfriend who had recorded sex videos of her without her knowledge. Mischa first went public in March with the fact that an ex boyfriend was shopping an intimate tape of her to adult film companies. She was on Dr. Phil around that time, and described how surprised and mortified she was by the fact that the tape was out there, and that her ex was using it to emotionally abuse and shame her. Mischa was also slipped the date rape drug GHB around the time she was with that guy, for which she had to be hospitalized.

The good news is that Mischa’s nightmare is close to being over. Yesterday she obtained a permanent restraining order against the man who victimized her, Jon Zacharias, and Zacharias has been ordered to turn over all videos and photos of Mischa to her lawyer. Here’s the statement Mischa’s lawyer provided to People Magazine, and she also tweeted the photo of the two of them outside of court yesterday after they won their case. (That’s below.)

In a statement obtained by PEOPLE on Monday, [Mischa Barton’s lawyer, Lisa] Bloom said, “Mischa did not consent to the release of any such photos or videos. We went into court and obtained court orders barring anyone from trafficking in images like this of Mischa.”

“Today we have won an important agreement, which permanently blocks the dissemination of these images,” it continues. “All explicit photos and videos of Mischa must be handed over to me immediately. Her ex must stay 100 yards away from her today, tomorrow, and forever. And the court will retain jurisdiction over the case in case we need further enforcement.”

The statement continues, “I am proud to declare victory for Mischa. She did this not just for herself, but for all women and girls. Mischa wants everyone to know that we have the right to control our own bodies and decide whether or not to have explicit photos out there for the world to see. If a woman wants to do that, fine. If she doesn’t, fine. The choice is hers and hers alone.”

[From People]

I really like the way that Bloom phrased this, that women have agency over their bodies and the choice to make explicit photos, and either is fine. I would have made more of a distinction between allowing the explicit photos and/or videos to be taken and then deciding whether or not those should be public. Those are two separate decisions, but that’s a minor complaint about this statement.

I’m glad Mischa is ok and that she was able to stop the release of this recording. She has also been seen out with a new “mystery man” in Cannes and in recent paparazzi photos. (People has those photos.) If she has a new boyfriend I hope that he’s a good person and is treating her right.



photos credit: WENN.com

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  1. Penfold says:

    I bet the ex will find a way to leak a video anyway. He sounds like pure trash.

  2. WingKingdom says:

    So this Jon Zacharias actually fought this in court? Like, he argued that he should have the right to sell images he took without consent? I’m so glad Mischa won, but hopefully the next step is a criminal charge.

    • Sixer says:

      I would also like to see revenge pr0n criminalised.

      • I Choose Me says:

        I don’t know why it isn’t already. Sh-t like that makes me so angry.

    • Kiki says:

      It should be criminal charges, she didn’t know she was being filmed in the most intimate and personal situation between two people. Then have the nerve to release a sex tape without her consent, especially she didn’t know she was taped, her ex should be charged.

  3. Nancy says:

    Glad she won, this woman has had so many mental issues, this is something that could have put her over the edge. With social media, these woman have to be so careful what they do and who they do it with because this situation go have easily gone the other way. Lisa Bloom truly is her mother’s daughter, she is everywhere.

  4. Joss RED says:

    Good for her and I mean it.

    But I cant forgive her for pulling a Teri Hatcher during The OC so she would get fired. I was 19 back then (I’m 30 now), and I’m still trying to move on.

    • jugil1 says:

      What do you mean by “a Teri Hatcher”?

      • Joss RED says:

        Being difficult, a diva.

        When Teri became famous during her Superman years, she became a real bish on the set and made the production a hell. She was blacklisted but got a second chance on Desperate Housewives and it seems she got her act (and ego) together. 😉

    • jugil1 says:

      Ok got it. Thanks for the explanation. I didn’t know that about Teri Hatcher.

  5. NoKiddingCats says:

    It’s a sad victory.

  6. Lucy says:

    Some men are just pure pigs and think they have a right to do things like this. I hope this disgusting pig never gets a girlfriend or gets laid ever again!!!

  7. Tourmaline says:

    Lisa Bloom is one busy lawyer

  8. princessbuttercup says:

    I am so glad to hear Mischa’s name in association with some positive news (even though the circumstances were terrible), girl was having a ROUGH time.