Mischa Barton’s Ex-Boyfriend Agrees to Restraining Order, Will Not Release Alleged Sex Tape
Mischa Barton’s ex-boyfriend has agreed to a five-year restraining order and said he will not release an alleged sex tape of the actress
The documents, which were signed Nov. 8, require that both Barton and Spaw “shall stay 100 or more yards away from each other, their residences, pets, vehicles, and places of employment, and shall have no contact directly or indirectly with each other, including, but not limited to, by telephone, social media, email and texts.”
As part of the agreement, “Adam agrees not to directly or indirectly, or through any agent, sell, distribute, show, give away or assign in any way any intimate photos or videos of Mischa Barton. He further agrees that he has not to date done so nor attempted to do any of the foregoing.”
Still, according to the documents, “the signing of this agreement is not an admission by Adam that he possesses or attempted to sell any intimate photos or videos of Mischa Barton.”
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“Today we have won an important agreement, which permanently blocks the dissemination of these images,” Barton’s attorney Lisa Bloom told PEOPLE in a statement. “And the court will retain jurisdiction over the case in case we need further enforcement.”
Reports surfaced in March that a sex tape of Barton and her ex (with whom she was “in a brief relationship” that had since ended) was allegedly being shopped around to pornography companies. Barton quickly retained Bloom, who on March 15 announced that they planned on prosecuting the alleged “revenge pornography” peddler under “every available civil and criminal law.”
Speaking with Dr. Phil McGraw on an episode of The Dr. Phil Show at the end of March, Barton claimed her ex was trying to ruin her with “complete emotional blackmail.”
“It was a crime. It is a serious crime to tape people without their knowledge like that, and I had made the mistake of putting myself in the situation with the person, so I just removed myself as quickly as I could, and then it just continued to be complete emotional abuse after that for the last several, several months,” she said.
She also recalled the alarming way she learned of the sex tape’s existence. “Somebody came up to me on the street … and said, ‘There’s something I need to tell you,’ and I didn’t believe it at first, I couldn’t believe it,” the actress recalled. “Because I had loved this person and I didn’t think it was possible.”
In this month’s agreement, though, Spaw does not admit to attempting to shop around her sex tape.