Investigation launched into death of Italian woman who killed herself after explicit videos went viral
Italian prosecutors in Naples have opened an investigation into the death of a 31-year-old woman who killed herself after her pornographic videos went viral.
Tiziana Cantone on Tuesday was found hanged in her aunt’s home and her family has since called on authorities “to act so that her death was not in vain,” according to CNN.
On Friday, Chief prosecutor Francesco Greco said there would be an investigation into possible charges of instigating suicide which will be coordinated with another probe based on a defamation complaint filed by Cantone against four people last year, CBS reported.
Cantone, who sent the sexual footage to friends and an ex-boyfriend in a bid to make him jealous, attempted to have the explicit material of her removed from the internet before she took her own life. The “revenge porn” footage was first posted to WhatsApp without her knowledge and then it made its way online.
One video gained particular traction, with a remark she made in the film — “You’re filming? Bravo” — used as marketing catchphrases, t-shirt slogans and memes all over Italy. Cantone was easily recognized in public afterwards and was desperately trying to escape her new-found internet infamy.
She had quit her job, moved and was in the process of trying to change her name at the time of her death. Cantone also won a “right to be forgotten” ruling, which ordered sites circulating the video to remove it, though the victory proved to be too little, too late.
Additionally, Cantone was ordered to pay 20,000 euros (about $22,500) in legal fees following the long court battle.
The case has launched a discussion about revenge porn — which can be definedas “sexually explicit media that is publicly shared online without the consent of the pictured individual and is usually uploaded by ex-partners”— in Italy, but Prime Minister Matteo Renzi told reporters there’s not much of anything that can be done.
“As a government there’s not a lot we can do,” he said. “It’s mainly a cultural battle — also a social and political battle.
“Our commitment is try to do everything we can ... Violence against women is not an ineradicable phenomenon. ”