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Mischa Barton threatens legal action over sex tape

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LOS ANGELES —  Actress Mischa Barton’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, on Tuesday said in a statement that the actress is the victim of ‘revenge pornography’ and threateed legal action against anyone touting sexually explicit images of the 31-year-old actress.

Several media outlets have reported the existence of a tape of the “The OC” star taking part in sex acts with an unidentified man, dressed in a black hoodie.

Saying any circulating naked image or video of Barton was recorded without her consent, attorney Lisa Bloom said in a statement released via Twitter: “It has been reported that naked or sexually explicit images of Ms Barton are being shopped around.”

A broker said the tape was being touted around pornographic websites, with an asking price of $500,000, the Daily Mail newspaper reported on Monday.

“Ms Barton does not consent to any disclosure of any such images. She believes she was recorded without her consent by someone she was seeing at the time. There’s a name for this disgusting conduct: revenge pornography.”

Bloom described the footage as “a form of sexual assault,” and “a crime and a civil wrong in California,” adding: “We will not stand for it.”

The London-born actress will speak out about the case at a news conference at Bloom’s offices in southern California on Wednesday, the lawyer said.

“I have a message for anyone who attempts to traffic in these photos or videos of Ms. Barton: We will find you, and we will come after you,” Bloom added.

“We will fully prosecute you under every available criminal and civil law.”

Barton was considered an up-and-coming star thanks to her role in teen drama “The OC” from 2003 to 2007 but she has struggled to emulate her early success.

She was arrested for drunk driving in West Hollywood in 2007 and held in psychiatric care following a mental breakdown in 2009 before various legal battles over property with a landlord and her own mother.

She made headlines again in January when she was caught on video yelling at a neighbor while hanging over her backyard fence, later telling People magazine she had been given a date-rape drug the night before.

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Egyptian pop singer jailed over music video inciting debauchery

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CAIRO — An Egyptian pop singer has been sentenced to two years in prison for ‘inciting debauchery’ in a racy music video clip.

A court in Cairo on Tuesday sentenced a little-known 21-year-old singer, Shyma Ahmed to two years in prison and fined 10,000 pounds ($560) for ‘inciting debauchery’ over a racy music video clip, a judicial source said.

The director of the clip, Mohamed Gamal, also received the same sentence. Both can appeal the ruling.

Shyma was arrested on November 18, police said, following complaints about the video for her song ‘I Have Issues.’ In the video, she appears in a mock classroom licking an apple and appearing to mimic fellatio on a banana in front of a chalkboard scrawled with ‘Class #69.’

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“Singer Shyma presents a lesson in depravity to youths,” said the Youm 7 newspaper in an article after the video was released. In a Facebook post at the time, Shyma apologized for the video and said she had not anticipated the backlash.

“I didn’t imagine all this would happen and that I would be subjected to such a strong attack from everyone, as a young singer… who has dreamt from a young age of being a singer,” she wrote.

The authorities have cracked down on some artists in Egypt using wide-ranging morality laws.

In 2015, a court jailed a female dancer to a year in prison for “inciting debauchery” in a raunchy music video for a song called ‘Let Go of My Hand.’

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