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26 July 2023

Georgia Harrison wins record damages and an injunction from Stephen Bear in her civil claim.

Georgia Harrison has won her civil claim against Stephen Bear, issued after he uploaded a video of her engaged in sexual intercourse.

At the High Court in London today Georgia was awarded damages and an injunction.  Acknowledging the great distress caused by Stephen Bear’s actions, the court awarded Georgia a sum of £207,900 in damages, including special damages. This is the highest sum to be awarded in an image abuse case and one of the highest awards of all time in a privacy claim arising out of a single act.

Georgia said: “I couldn’t be more thankful to everyone who has helped support my civil claim, which after almost 3 years has finally been settled. It’s no secret that Payne Hicks Beach are one of the most sought after and respected legal teams in the UK, so it was a real honour to have them support me, especially as I didn’t have the finances necessary to afford a legal team at the time. They have been true heroes on my journey to justice, and I will forever be in awe of how talented they are. Once I officially receive the settlement sum, I will be donating part of it to multiple charities that have helped support me and other victims of image-based sexual abuse. 

Hanna Basha and Nick Grant of Payne Hicks Beach’s Privacy and Media Team represented Georgia with the assistance of Gervase de Wilde of 5RB.  Hanna Basha said: “This has been a difficult, complicated and emotional case.  I am pleased that we were able to support Georgia, and I hope her strength in pursuing this highlights to other victims that there is help and support available for them and that the courts take these matters very seriously.”

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