Home > News > Revenge Porn Site PinkMeth.com Sued for $1 Million • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options

NEWS STORY

Revenge Porn Site PinkMeth.com Sued for $1 Million

Revenge Porn Site PinkMeth.com Sued for $1 Million
Get XBIZ News
Dec 6, 2012 10:15 AM PST    Text size: 

DENTON, Texas — Revenge porn site PinkMeth.com has been hit with a $1 million suit from a Texas woman who says that its operators published nude photos of her without permission.

Plaintiff Shelby Conklin in a suit filed at Denton County Court claims she was victimized by operators of PinkMeth after they obtained "unauthorized access to private social media accounts" and published naked her pics.  

"The purpose of these illicit websites is to solicit and post suggestive and naked persons [sic] of persons who were photographed without their consent or permission," the suit said. "PinkMeth.com posts the social media pages of their victims including but not limited to their Facebook profiles, for the purpose of embarrassing and harassing them and/or encouraging others to embarrass and harass them."

Conklin said in the suit that PinkMeth's operators can't claim fair use of any of the images they have misappropriated on their website "because the illegal publication of child pornography and adult pornography (in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2257) can never be lawful."

Conklin claims that several of the images included on the site are of those under the age of 18.

"Thus, PinkMeth.com is ostensibly engaged in the illegal distribution of child pornography," the suit said.

 Because nude photos of her were published on the site, Conklin said it "will substantially diminish any likelihood that she will be able to obtain a career in law enforcement." She also claims that she fears for her safety and was "compelled to borrow a firearm from a family friend to protect herself against the possibility of a sexual assault in her own home."

Conklin, through attorney Jason Van Dyke, has asked for a temporary restraining order against operators of PinkMeth.com. She also has asked for Verisign, also named in the suit, to disable the website.

A hearing on the TRO is set for Wednesday.

She also seeks punitive damages of more than $1 million for intrusion on seclusion, public disclosure of private facts, appropriation of her name and likeness and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Van Dyke, when reached by phone by XBIZ, declined comment on the case. Operators of PinkMeth were unreachable at post time.

UPDATE (Dec.6, 7:45 p.m. PST): PinkMeth.com is not accessible.

 

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !

LEGAL PERSPECTIVES

A Retrospective on the Adult Industry’s Tall Climb

As certainly the oldest member of the current adult-industry Fourth Estate, and having written for many adult publications, some of which no longer exist, I write this in the first person which, if you... More »

Touring Attorney Takes Look at Porn Under Putin

About four miles northwest of the Kremlin, three blocks off of Tsverskaya Ulitsa (a congested throughfare, which in communist times had a reputation akin to Times Square on account of reputation for commerce... More »

FTC Continues to Make Its Presence Felt

Make no mistake about it, if you are an online business operator, legal compliance should be at the top of your list of priorities. For the better part of the past decade I have preached about the importance... More »
XBIZ NEWSLETTERS
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.






POPULAR PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Access the latest issues of the industry's leading trade publications in digital form. View online or download for offline viewing.

UPCOMING EVENTS

QWEBEC Expo 2016

Aug 04 - Aug 07
Montreal, Canada

Gentlemen’s Club EXPO

Aug 07 - Aug 10
New Orleans, Louisiana

Sexhibition

Aug 19 - Aug 21
Manchester, U.K.

EXXXOTICA Columbus

Aug 26 - Aug 28
Columbus, Ohio
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!