On Friday morning, social media users woke up to the news of nude photos being leaked of Golden State Warriors star and former NBA MVP Stephen Curry. Nothing is known at this moment as to where the photos came from, are who was the culprit that got hold of them and where they actually leaked them first.
What we do know is that these photos getting out were definitely without the Currys’ consent, and they would almost certainly violate laws against revenge porn.
The Curry’s mainly stay in California, and yes there are laws there that prohibit this.
Penal Code Section 647(j)(4) says it is illegal to “[distribute] the images, where the victim is identifiable; with the intent to cause serious emotional distress to the victim; and the victim actually suffered such distress.”
The crime is a misdemeanor, with punishment of up to six months in jail, and a fine up to $1,000.
Ayesha Curry was asked by E! in June whether she was fearful of something like this happening.
“Absolutely,” Ayesha said. “He won’t delete them off of his phone, he’s not that secure with his phone, so it’s actually one of the scariest things in my life.”
Those photos won’t be posted here, but a quick search on Twitter can get you want you want.