Update: Stephen Bear has been charged in connection with revenge porn allegations after allegedly filming himself having sex with Georgia Harrison without her knowledge and sharing the explicit content online. He is now facing charges of voyeurism, disclosing private, sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress and harassment without violence.
Grazia previously wrote...
Former Love Island star Georgia Harrison has accused ex-boyfriend Stephen Bear of recording explicit videos of her without her consent and showing them to multiple people. Claiming that fans have also seen a video of the pair on Stephen’s OnlyFans, he has denied the allegations, saying on Instagram that ‘Anyone saying they've seen footage from now that’s a complete lie.’
‘Bear has CCTV around his house he purposely got me in a position where he knew it would be on CCTV quite a long time ago and after acted like he forgot the camera were there,’ Georgia said in an emotional video claiming he has showed the footage to multiple people. ‘Since being away [on holiday] I have met two more people he has shown and even seen a screen recording so I have no other choice but to go public about this situation not just for me but for anyone that has been round there no knowing they are being filmed.
'I feel hurt, I feel violated, I feel embarrassed but I also feel like my friends and followers will support me through this and I can't stay silent on the matter any longer,’ she concluded. Despite appearing strong as she condemned Stephen’s actions, she admitted how upset she was in a later video showing how she cried on the phone to her friend over the situation.
Bear has denied the allegations, telling The Sun 'I don't even want to talk about it - it's so silly. I've spoken to the girl saying stop making up silly rumours. Everyone's just got to calm down. People saying someone's name for clout, it's just dumb.'
But in the day since, with Georgia now threatening to take police action on Instagram, a harrowing trend has emerged. People are searching, in droves, for the video to see themselves. ‘Stephen Bear Georgia Harrison video’, ‘Georgia Harrison Video’ and ‘Georgia Harrison leaked’ are all breakout search terms on Google right now. While some might just be searching for latest updates on the story, the nature of the search term says many are actually hoping to watch the video for themselves.
In fact, Georgia returned to Instagram just an hour ago to condemn people sharing the video that she says was uploaded onto OnlyFans for Bear to make money off it and asked the platform if they have policies in place to protect videos being uploaded without users consent. According to OnlyFans, Stephen Bear's account was deactivated as soon as possible because they claim it was a breach of their terms of service. A representative for the platform told Grazia they adopt a zero tolerance policy if they think there has been any violation of their terms.
Have some respect and stop sending it around WhatsApp groups.
‘To anyone sending around the creepy video Bear filmed without my consent and sold online think about your sisters, mothers, daughters, girlfriends and take a second thought before you press send cause you’re as bad as he is,’ Georgia said. ‘I’ve already had to get it removed from websites, have some respect and stop sending it around WhatsApp groups. Bear you are truly evil.’
While Bear continues to deny that he leaked the video, it’s important to remember that regardless of who is responsible for sharing the video originally, watching or continuing to share any explicit videos that a woman says she didn’t consent to filming is abhorrent.
Right now, millions of women are watching their worst nightmare play out on Georgia Harrison’s Instagram. They’re seeing how their friends react, what their social media says and internalising the message that’s being sent when people slut-shame her or perpetuate the culture of revenge porn by sharing non-consensual videos or thriving off the drama of it all. Situations like this make all women feel unsafe. We should be able to feel comfortable having sex with our partners in the privacy of someone’s home, we shouldn’t fear that explicit videos of us will end up online with little recourse to take it down.
Only when we all work together to stop people spreading these videos and hold those responsible for leaking it to account can we avoid that. So stop searching for it, start supporting Georgia and never, ever share it.