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Stephen Bear could be released from prison early after revenge porn

stephen bear sentenced to jail over sex tape of georgia harrison
Stephen Bear could be released from prison in daysEamonn McCormack - Getty Images

In March 2023, reality TV star Stephen Bear was handed a 21-month prison sentence for sharing a video of him having sex with former girlfriend Georgia Harrison.

But, he is set to be released from prison after 11 months, The Sun reports. The convicted sex offender will be released before his birthday on 15 January, a source claimed.

The crime happened back in 2020 when Bear – who previously appeared on a string of TV shows, including Shipwrecked, Ex on the Beach and Celebrity Big Brother – posted CCTV footage of himself and Harrison having sex on OnlyFans. The clip had been caught on the CCTV unit in his garden.

At a trial, prosecutor Jacqueline Carey KC said Harrison – who did not know she and Bear were being filmed at the time – had told him to "never" send the footage to anyone. Carey revealed that Harrison had "made it plain how upset she would be if he did."

Despite this, Harrison claimed she saw Bear send the footage to someone on WhatsApp and later became aware of it circulating online. Carey said that Bear had uploaded the footage "either himself or had it uploaded to OnlyFans" and had therefore "profited financially" from sharing the clip.

During the trial, Bear denied voyeurism and two counts of disclosing private, sexual photographs and films, telling jurors he deleted the video in August 2020 and had not sent it to others. The jury went on to deliberate for more than eight hours, before returning with a unanimous verdict in favour of Harrison.

At Chelmsford Crown Court, just three months on from the jury's verdict, Bear claimed that he hadn't received "a fair trial" and made peace signs to reporters and photographers. Inside the courtroom, Judge Christopher Morgan spoke about the "extensive humiliation and embarrassment" that Harrison had suffered as he sentenced Bear to 21 months in prison.

The judge said Harrison had "spoken with dignity and courage" throughout the proceedings and hoped that the sentence would "bring some closure on these matters."

stephen bear sentenced to jail over sex tape of georgia harrison
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As well as serving time in prison, Bear was ordered to pay a record amount of damages to Harrison - the largest amount for an image abuse case. Plus, one of the highest-ever damages payments for a privacy claim relating to a single act.

The amount in question Bear is required to pay is £207,900, a portion of which Harrison has pledged to donate to "multiple charities that have helped support [her] and other victims of image-based sexual abuse."

Following the verdict in March, in a statement of her own – released through the police – Harrison said: "[The] last two years have been absolute hell and this verdict will allow me to start to put the pain I have suffered in the past and start embracing the future."

In terms of the damages payments, Hanna Basha from Payne Hicks Beach, the law firm representing Harrison 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."

If you need support, call Refuge’s Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or go to nationaldahelpline.org.uk. Alternatively, contact the Revenge Porn Helpline here.


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