He Got a Text and She Read It. Now She's Suing Him

Woman sues Delta Sigma Phi and members, including her ex, over sharing of sex tapes
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2018 6:35 AM CDT
People walk on the UCF campus in 2006.   (Wikimedia/Kelly Daacon)

(Newser) – One of "many" women to have her sexual photos and videos shared among members of the University of Central Florida's Delta Sigma Phi fraternity in a private Facebook group called the "Dog Pound" is fighting back, says lawyer Michael Avenatti. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Kathryn Novak says she discovered in March, a month after splitting from her long-distance boyfriend of five months, that he'd shared sexual images and videos of her in the group without her permission. At least one video was recorded without the Arizona student's knowledge, says Avenatti, who also represents Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Trump, per the New York Times.

This is a "form of 'revenge porn' which is widely recognized as cyber-harassment, that causes its victims significant and psychological harm," the lawsuit reads, per Newsweek. One video showing Novak's nude body and face was allegedly seen by more than 200 people. The lawsuit claims Novak's boyfriend, Brandon Simpson, sent it to five fraternity brothers and showed it to more at a house meeting and notes Novak discovered the sharing during spring break in March. It alleges she was with Simpson as he received a text that referenced the video from a frat brother and that Simpson admitted his actions to her. Novak's lawsuit, seeking $75,000 in damages, names Simpson, four other frat brothers, and the fraternity itself. Delta Sigma Phi says it has suspended the UCF chapter based on claims that "are disturbing and antithetical to our organization's values and mission." (Read more revenge porn stories.)

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