Here Are Four Other Cases of Celebrity Revenge Porn

Here Are Four Other Cases of Celebrity Revenge Porn

Chyna is the latest victim of the misogynistic crime.

Published July 5th

Early Wednesday morning, Robert Kardashian Jr. fired off a series of derogatory posts regarding his on-again-off-again-on-again-off-again girlfriend and mother of his only child, Blac Chyna. This was not the first time Rob took to social media to air his dirty laundry following baby mama drama. In December 2016, Rob emotionally Snapchatted Chyna's sudden move out of their shared home. (They were Kylie Jenner's tenants at the time, proving that this family circus could continue to get crazier.) 

While December's drama saw Rob getting extremely emotional, today's craziness reeks of anger and the desire to exact revenge. There's one catch: by attempting to prove Chyna's alleged "craziness" and "disrespect," it's Rob who turns out looking disrespectful and unhinged by unceremoniously posting Chyna's nudes to Instagram today. Stacked above adorable pictures of his baby, Dream, enjoying summer activities like swimming and wearing an extremely cute matching watermelon outfit, Rob's content blast was a clear attempt to humiliate and delegitimize Chyna.

Exposing someone's nudes is a misogynistic practice meant, in most cases, to exert control over the woman. By posting someone's nudes in a manner they didn't consent to, like for example, on your public Instagram with 9 million plus followers, Rob's actions are actually illegal. Criminal laws against non-consensual pornography exist in 15 states: New Jersey, Alaska, Texas, California, Idaho, Utah, Wisconsin, Virginia, Georgia, Arizona, Maryland, Colorado, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Hawaii. As a California resident, it's possible that Chyna has grounds for a lawsuit against the father of her child. 

Here are four other high profile cases that involve revenge porn.

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Kim Kardashian is perhaps the most famous victim of revenge porn. In 2007, a sex tape she made with her former boyfriend Ray J was released without her consent. Haters often credit the sex tape with her ascension to fame, but the ability to spin something that could have been a blip on the zeitgeist's radar (she was, at the time, merely known as a friend of Paris Hilton) into a veritable multi-million-dollar branded business complete with a Forbes cover shows a unique ability to spin straw into gold, and also some sort of superhuman staying power to keep us interested in her day-to-day 10 years later. #NotBadForAGirlWithNoTalent

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Rihanna was a victim in the second iteration of the mass-scale nude hack known as "The Fappening" in 2014. In 2009, Rih's intimate photos were also released shortly after the now-infamous incident in which Chris Brown physically abused her. “It was the worst thing that could possibly ever happen to me. I just felt like my whole privacy was taken before that [with the other photo leak] and then, when that came out, I thought, ‘Oh great, so now there’s nothing they don’t know about me and my private life. It was humiliating and it was embarrassing – especially my mom having to see that,” she said following the 2009 leak. 

In 2016, 50 Cent was ordered to pay Lastonia Leviston $5 million in a revenge porn lawsuit. Leviston, a former girlfriend of Rick Ross, sought damages after 50 released a sex tape in which she appeared. It all started when 50 posted a video of Leviston and her former boyfriend Maurice Murray having sex to anger Ross. Oddly, 50 inserted himself into the video by soundtracking it with two of his songs. Welp, that level of petty ended up costing him $5 milli. Worth it? Prob not.

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In a harrowingly similar case to today's (and perhaps some heavy foreshadowing), Jermaine Cunningham pled guilty to posting revenge porn on his Instagram in a 2015 case. Cunningham posted nude photos of his ex on the 'gram without her consent in 2014, which was illegal in New Jersey thanks to their appropriate revenge porn laws. Could Rob Kardashian have the same fate? Only time can tell. 

Written by BET Staff

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