Stephen Bear has been sentenced to prison time for sharing sex tape of Georgia Harrison
Reality TV star Stephen Bear has been handed a 21 month prison sentence for sharing a video of him having sex with former girlfriend Georgia Harrison.
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 last year, 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.
Arriving at Chelmsford Crown Court today, just three months on from the jury's verdict, Bear claimed that he hadn't received a "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."
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."
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