Brandi Passante, star of A&E’s “Storage Wars,” wins a lawsuit last Friday over a porn site she claims posted a fake video and fake nude photos of her. The lawsuit also maintained that the site offered merchandise that resembled her.
Passante sued Hunter Moore, former operator of the XXX website Is Anyone Up, for $2.5 million in damages. The judge indeed ruled in her favor, but awarded her only $750.
Per ExtraTV, Judge James V. Selna of U.S. District Court in central California awarded her the small compensation despite her claims because Passante “[provided] absolutely no support for this calculation of damages.”
But in addition to the $750, Selna ruled that Passante’s attorney fees will be covered and Moore must “remove any remaining and undisclosed content of video from all websites.”
Passante also suffered from Moore’s taunting throughout the proceedings when he sent explicit photos of his privates to her attorney.
“Passante looked at the referenced website and was horrified, hurt and ashamed to see images of someone portraying her in pornographic video and associated images,” the suit read. “Passante never made any such video, has never had any contact with Mr. Moore and did not send him sexual images. Moore fabricated the video for the purpose of trading on Passante’s fame and celebrity to draw traffic to his site.”
Moore later posted the video to porn-friendly website Fleshbot.com, the suit claims, adding that when users clicked on the video, a virus immediately began to download onto their computers.
The suit goes on to claim that Moore is capitalizing on Passante’s name and likeness by selling merchandise.
Passante has “experienced anxiety, loss of sleep and physical illness” due to the experience, the suit says, adding that her professional reputation has been damaged by the fake video.