ATTORNEY MARTIN GEORGE GIVES INPUT ON: LENDL SIMMONS SUED FOR SHARING INTIMATE PHOTOS OF FORMER LOVER
West Indies cricketer Lendl Simmons is being sued by a former lover after he electronically disseminated intimate photos of her.
The Breach of Confidence Motion filed by Account Executive, Therese Ho, was heard by High Court judge, Justice Frank Seepersad, at the Hall of Justice on Tuesday.
Attorney at Law Martin George confirmed reports that this is the first time such a matter is to be determined locally. He said the outcome represents an innovative approach to dealing with invasion of privacy matters.
“While it may be that one might have consented to the taking of photographs, it may not necessarily mean that one also consents to the public dissemination for distribution of photographs, particularly of an intimate or personal nature.”
Mr. George said like everyone else, he is curious to see how this case will unfold before the courts. He said it is not immediately clear that T&T’s laws have accommodations for such proceedings.
“It would be interesting to see how the court treats with this. It is not immediately clear if our law and our jurisprudence accommodate this type of things because there are specific statutes, for instance in the United Kingdom which deals with these illegal distribution of personal and private and intimate photographs from one party to the general public or to friends and family.”
The Attorney said revision of the law as it relates to the dissemination of material is necessary, as citizens are often left wondering where the law steps in, in such situations.
He drew reference to damaging videos shared among students.
“I don’t think we have any such specific statutes on our books. That’s the reason why we have the law and that’s why it grows and expands. It’s an area that I think our legislators need to look at because if you look at what has been happening particularly even among our school children with the dissemination of videos showing various acts between school children then you really have to wonder in terms of where does the law step in to control and regulate such distribution and dissemination of material.”