The man who posted allegedly fake XXX images of "Storage Wars" star Brandi Passante will be fined for each day he doesn't remove the images, and arrested if he doesn't do so after two weeks
"Storage Wars" star Brandi Passante has won a legal victory over the man accused of distributing a fake pornographic video of her on the Internet.
Or, at least, the alleged porn-monger has suffered a legal setback.
Federal judge James V. Selna of U.S. District Court in Central California found Hunter Moore, former operator of the website Is Anyone Up, in contempt of court on Tuesday. Selna ruled Moore failed to comply with a preliminary injunction ordering him to remove the images of Passante from the websites that he posted them to.
According to the order issued by Selna, if Moore has not "purged his contempt" (presumably, meaning "removed the images," but feel free to supply your own mental imagery) by the time he has received the order, he will be fined $50 for each day that he fails to comply with the injunction.
After that, the fine increases to $100 per day, and a warrant for his arrest will be issued if he fails to comply after 14 days.
As reported earlier by TheWrap, Passante sued Moore in October, claiming that he published photos and video purporting to depict Passante in pornographic situations. (Passante claims that the images are fake.)
The suit says that Passante first became aware of the images when she received a tweet reading, "Love the pics" from Is Anyone Up's Twitter account.
The complaint goes on to claim that Moore later posted the video to porn-friendly website Fleshbot.com, adding that when users clicked on the video, a virus immediately began to download onto their computers.
Since filing the suit, Passante has claimed to suffer further headaches due to Moore's efforts. In November, the "Storage Wars" buyer and her attorney Linda S. McAleer filed declarations that Moore had violated a temporary restraining order by targeting the pair in a digital harassment campaign.
According to the declarations, Moore published a number of obscene tweets with Passante's Twitter handle tagged, ensuring that she would see them.
In another instance, McAleer claimed, when she emailed a copy of the restraining order to Moore, he replied with a message asking "if brandi had missed this?" with a photo of himself naked from the waist down and in an aroused state.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.
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