"porn revenge" and its implications for Stathis Panagiotopoulos

Statis Panagiotopoulos was expelled in disgrace from the hosts of the popular satirical program “Radio Arvila”, which regularly appears on Greek TV.

The TV presenter is accused of a sexual crime (“revenge porn”), as facts “surfaced” that, entering into intimate relationships with various girls, he secretly filmed everything on video and then posted it on the Internet. Statis Panagiotopoulos was detained in connection with the accusations received by the police from the victims of “pornorevenge”. Now the ex-wife of the TV presenter is demanding compensation for non-pecuniary damage in the amount of 200,000 euros from him.

Statement by 30-year-old ex-wife about Stathis Panagiotopoulos on Greek TV: “After posting my complaint, I saw on Twitter and on some sites that the video posted on the Internet by my husband is “porn revenge”. And I would like to say that this is not so. That is, he did this (publishing) not after we divorced, but during our relationship. It seems that he had a moment, because in 20 days of our acquaintance he immediately uploaded the first video and several photos. He had a website (web channel) that had been around for about 10 years and had eight videos and many photos of other women, then I found out that he had another channel.

When I entered there, I saw a lot of materials with similar content. He also had a blog that he still has, and I don’t know why he didn’t close it. I was told by a friend who recognized me in the video, so I searched and found everything else. I filed a lawsuit and did not withdraw it, although Stathis asked me to “settle the case out of court”, noting that he regrets that this happened. However, I refused his request.”

Now, following a law enforcement complaint by Statis Panagiotopoulos’ ex-wife alleging “he illegally posted a video of their intimate moments,” the presenter will face a three-man trial in Thessaloniki.

At the same time, another girl, who was in connection with the TV presenter, also filed a lawsuit demanding compensation for non-pecuniary damage, since “her image is still shown on the Internet.”

Speaking on ANT1, lawyer Apostolos Lytras explained that “the filing of a claim for compensation for non-pecuniary damage is subject to consideration. It is difficult to implement even financially. The damage inflicted on the victims of “pornism” is irreparable, it is not covered by any money,” the human rights activist stressed.



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