Derry lawyer to sue website over photos

Derry lawyer Hilary Carmichael is set to sue an American website that advertises prostitutes’ services.

The solicitor is acting on behalf of a woman from Co. Antrim whose private photos appeared on the website.

The legal team has received permission to sue the website’s United States-based operators.

The woman at the centre of the case cannot be identified for legal reasons.

But her lawyers have been granted leave by a Master at the High Court in Belfast to serve proceedings ‘out of jurisdiction’.

Barrister Peter Girvan, instructed by Ms Carmichael, has lodged a writ claiming damages for the misuse of photos taken by the woman’s ex-partner.

According to court papers four pictures of the woman appeared on a site which advertises prostitution services, leaving her distraught over the ordeal of being wrongly associated with the vice trade.

Fears were also disclosed that a campaign of harassment which led to her leaving her hometown and moving into a refuge may be linked to the unauthorised publication.

Ms. Carmichael said: “She is saying that she never consented to the publication of her photographs. She contacted the website whenever she realised that her photographs were on it and requested that the material be removed.

“But they still remained on the website. On the website, the plaintiff is depicted as a prostitute and/or a sex worker and we are saying that the defendant has profited as a result of the publication to which our client did not give consent.”

She added: “We are saying that there is a very good arguable case. In the event that the photographs are not removed, now that the writ has been served, we reserve the right to proceed in the next couple of days to seek an injunction forcing the defendant to make sure the photographs are removed ”