Woman Ordered To Pay $200K For Ruining Ex-Boyfriend’s Reputation On Instagram
A Vancouver woman has been ordered to pay $200,000 to her ex-boyfriend after she ruined his reputation on Instagram and other social media sites.
Global News Canada reports Brandon Rook presented the case against his ex-girlfriend, Noelle Halcrow after she consistently trashed Rook’s reputation after their on-and-off relationship ended in August 2016. Shortly afterward, Halcrow created multiple posts for a year about Rook being a drunk, cheater, and having various STDs. During the hearing, Halcrow claimed that someone else had created the fake profile and made the posts about her ex-boyfriend.
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Justice Elliot Myers rejected Halcrow’s claim and said there was too much evidence against Halcrow due to the IP address matching where the various social media accounts were created and typed in a writing style that was similar to hers.
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Halcrow also sent threatening text messages to Rook about the social media posts and said she will create new ones if he asked her to take them down. Justice Myers also noted that none one else would have the motivation to create posts with extremely personal details. Although the case was closed in September, the case was made public on Tuesday.
“The courts have recognized that the internet can be used as an exceedingly effective tool to harm reputations. This is one such case. From the number of comments and viewings on many of the postings, it is clear that they received wide reading.”
Rook was awarded $175,000 for damages and an additional $25,000 in aggravated damages. He also received $38,000 for the money he spent on reputation consultants to remove the posts off of social media.
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