Naked pic­tures ‘black­mail’ row in court

Pretoria News - - FRONT PAGE - ZELDA VEN­TER zelda.ven­ter@inl.co.za

NAKED pic­tures of a Cen­tu­rion woman, which her now for­mer lover and his girl­friend al­legedly threat­ened to dis­trib­ute “for all to see”, were the sub­ject of an ur­gent court ap­pli­ca­tion this week.

The woman has asked for an in­ter­dict pre­vent­ing the cou­ple from send­ing the pic­tures into the pub­lic do­main.

She also asked the Gaut­eng High Court, Pre­to­ria, to or­der the cou­ple to delete the pic­tures from the phone of her for­mer lover.

The par­ties are not iden­ti­fied, to spare the ap­pli­cant, re­ferred to as C, any fur­ther em­bar­rass­ment.

The pic­tures, some de­pict­ing her naked and oth­ers in lin­gerie, were in fact al­ready sent by the scorned girl­friend to an­other for­mer boyfriend of C and a mu­tual friend of theirs.

C said in court pa­pers she now ur­gently wanted to pre­vent the rest of the world from see­ing them.

Judge Neil Tuchten re­moved the mat­ter from the roll as the par­ties were not ready to go ahead. The rea­son for this was not clear, but it means it can again serve be­fore court at a later stage.

C mean­while stated in court pa­pers that she was be­ing black­mailed by the scorned girl­friend, who said she would dis­trib­ute the pic­tures “to ev­ery­one in Cen­tu­rion, Pre­to­ria and Jo­han­nes­burg” if C did not bring R10 000 in cash to her home be­fore a cer­tain date.

This money, the girl­friend said, was to re­fund her boyfriend who paid the air­fare for a “dirty week­end” away with C, and for two nights in a Pre­to­ria ho­tel, where the two met up.

C said she was shocked to re­ceive this mes­sage, as she was un­der the im­pres­sion the for­mer lover and his girl­friend had bro­ken up, or she would have never agreed to have a re­la­tion­ship with him.

She and her for­mer lover had a re­la­tion­ship years ago, but things ended when he met his present girl­friend. But in Septem­ber this year they met up again af­ter he told her he ended his re­la­tion­ship with his present girl­friend.

He in­vited her to Cape Town and paid her air­fare: “He as­sured me his re­la­tion­ship was over.”C said he started send­ing her ex­plicit pic­tures of him­self. As she knew him for a while and trusted him, she did the same. The other side has not yet filed an­swers.

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