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Reality star sentenced over sharing garden sex video


Social media personalit­y Georgia Harrison said she stands in solidarity with other victims of revenge porn as her former boyfriend Stephen Bear was jailed for sharing a private sex video of them on his OnlyFans website.

Bear, who won Celebrity Big Brother in 2016, sang “Lady In Red” as he walked to Chelmsford Crown Court to be sentenced,

asking people if they wanted to pose for a selfie with him and telling reporters his trial was not fair.

The pair were captured having sex on CCTV cameras in Bear’s garden on 2 August 2020.

Ms Harrison, 28, who has appeared on The Only Way Is Essex, Love Island and Olivia Meets Her Match, has waived her right to anonymity.

Jacqueline Carey KC, prosecutin­g, told an earlier trial that Ms Harrison and Bear had consensual sex at his home in Loughton, Essex, but Ms Harrison did not know they were being recorded.

Ms Harrison said that when Bear, 33, showed her the footage she told him “never to send” it to anyone and “made it plain how upset she would be if he did”, the prosecutor said.

The complainan­t said that she saw Bear send the footage to someone on WhatsApp later that day, and later that year she was made aware that it was circulatin­g online.

Ms Carey said that Bear uploaded the footage “either himself or had it uploaded to OnlyFans and profited financiall­y”.

Bear, who has also appeared on Ex On The Beach, denied all charges but was found guilty of voyeurism and of two counts of

disclosing private sexual photograph­s and films with intent to cause distress. He was jailed yesterday for 21 months.

Bear was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register and will be subject to notificati­on requiremen­ts for 10 years, and he was made subject to a restrainin­g order not to contact Georgia Harrison for five years.

Speaking outside court, Ms Harrison said she was “happy and relieved that this matter is finally over”.

“Today’s sentence is a vindicatio­n of what I’ve been put through and sends a clear message that the police and the courts take this matter very seriously,” she said.

“I want to let all other victims of this crime know that I stand in solidarity with them and I have absolutely no regrets on waiving my anonymity. I hope that this puts anyone off committing this sort of crime and I hope for anyone else who has been victim of it [that] it gives them some sort of justice.”

Judge Christophe­r Morgan, sentencing, said the defendant “wished to exploit the economic value of the recording” of Bear and Ms Harrison having sex.

“I’m sure that you recognised the enhanced economic value to you by having Georgia Harrison, a well-known reality TV and social media personalit­y, in the video,” the judge said. He said Bear caused Ms Harrison “extensive humiliatio­n and embarrassm­ent”.

After Bear was jailed, he raised a hand to wave from the secure dock, and said: “Have a good evening. Enjoy the weekend everyone.”

Bear had attended his trial in a hired chauffeur-driven white Rolls-Royce wearing a black fur jacket and sunglasses and was accompanie­d by his girlfriend, Jessica Smith.

Prosecutor Ms Carey described this as “turning up in, on any view, an ostentatio­us manner”, adding it was a “compelling indication the defendant shows no remorse”.

In a statement read to the court, Ms Harrison said: “It makes me sick to think so many people have watched it,” she said. She said her earnings had “dropped dramatical­ly compared with before” and she had lost contracts.

Gemma Rose, mitigating, said that Bear, who is of previous good character, had been assessed as having ADHD and mixed anxiety and depressive disorder. “He told me he wants to go back to what he did before, to roofing, he said he wants a fresh start,” she said.

The judge praised Ms Harrison for speaking with “dignity and courage”.


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 ?? (PA) ?? Stephen Bear arriving at Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday
(PA) Stephen Bear arriving at Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday
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(Getty) Georgia Harrison reads a statement outside court after the sentencing

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