YouTuber Chrissy Chambers Wins Landmark Revenge Porn Settlement Against Ex-Boyfriend

Chrissy Chambers
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YouTube stars Bria Kam and Chrissy Chambers of BriaAndChrissy arrive at Tubeathon 2016 at the iHeartRadio Theater on April 20, 2016 in Burbank, Calif.

YouTube star Chrissy Chambers had a lot to celebrate on Wednesday, when she not only won a long-running, landmark revenge porn case against an ex-boyfriend, but also announced her engagement to her girlfriend. Chambers, who, along with longtime girlfriend Bria Kam, has more than 750,000 YouTube followers, was awarded a "substantial" sum in the case decided this week by London's high court against her ex (who cannot be named for legal reasons), according to BBC News.

The closely watched case brought an end to a years-long drama that Chambers has said caused her to suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome and ended with the accused accepting liability for his unlawful activity, marking the first civil case of its kind to be brought in the country. "[This] should serve as a severe warning to those who seek to extort and harm with revenge porn: you cannot do this with impunity, and you will be held accountable for your actions," Chambers said after the verdict was announced. "To every victim of this insidious kind of attack, I am here to say: You can fight back, and win. You will heal and move on - and you will not have to take those steps alone."

Revenge porn were made a criminal offense in England and Wales in 2015, but Chambers was not able to take advantage of the change because the law does not apply retroactively. The case revolved around a series of videos Chambers' British ex-boyfriend filmed in September 2009 at the singer's home in Atlanta at a time when Chambers, then 18, was planning to break up with him. After she split with the man, she said they got drunk and he filmed a sexual encounter without telling her, then uploaded six clips -- with his face obscured -- in December 2011 and January 2012 to the pornographic site Redtube, three of which contained her real, full name and two of which had her age at the time of filming (18).

A year later she found out about the clips and asked the site to remove them after they had been widely distributed and, she said, led to a number of followers commenting negatively after they concluded that she was actively involved in pornography. She launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring the civil claim against the man and has said she's suffered from PTSD, panic, depression and alcoholism due to the stress of the incident; the case was settled out of court last year but was made public on Wednesday.

As part of the settlement, the man has signed copyright for the films over to Chambers, 26, and taken measures to ensure that the remaining images and films have been deleted or destroyed

Chambers has been in a relationship with Kam for more than seven years, and the couple have amassed a large YouTube following for their irreverent videos, which include musical covers of acts such as Lady Gaga and Meghan Trainor, as well as originals, comedic skits and LGBTQ-themed clips.

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