Reality TV star convicted of sex tape charges

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A former reality TV star has been convicted today in connection with a sex tape.

Stephen Bear, 32 of Bryony Close, Loughton, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court today (December 13) where he was found guilty of multiple offences including voyeurism and disclosing private, sexual photographs and films.

An investigation into Bear began in December 2020, after Essex Police were contacted regarding an intimate video being shared online to multiple social media platforms.

The victim, Georgia Harrison, who herself has appeared on reality TV shows including TOWIE and Love Island, waived her right to anonymity.

Ms Harrison was unaware that Bear, the winner of Celebrity Big Brother in 2016, had recorded them both having sex, using a CCTV camera which had been set up in his garden.

The video then began to appear on multiple sites including the pay site Only Fans.

Bear, described in court as “a self-obsessed show-off” was arrested at Heathrow Airport on January 15 on suspicion of disclosing private sexual images without consent as well as voyeurism. He was charged with both offences on May 15, 2021.

In February 2022, he was seen to be discussing the case on social media, clearly breaching his court bail conditions so he was further arrested and later charged.

Bear has been bailed until January 31 when sentencing will take place. In court he blamed press coverage for his conviction.

Georgia Harrison and ACC Rachel Nolan outside the court following the verdict

In a statement, Georgia Harrison described the impact that this had on her: “The only way to describe how I am feeling now is relieved.

“The last two years have been absolute hell and this verdict will allow me to start to put the pain I have suffered in the past and start embracing the future.

“Bear’s behaviour was completely unacceptable and those who choose to commit such crimes should and will be prosecuted.

“We are living in a time where so much of our lives and our children’s lives are spent online and it is so important that individuals are protected in the virtual world just as they are in reality. Social media has given us the egalitarian belief that we are all publishers but what it hasn’t done is regulate what we should responsibly publish.

“I hope me taking a stand gives other men and women who have fallen victim to revenge porn the courage to seek justice and most importantly show them that they have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.

“I have felt ashamed, hurt, violated, even broken at times, but today I stand here feeling empowered, grateful and a huge sense of unity with all of those who have reached out to support me throughout this ordeal.”

Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Nolan said: “This man thought he could treat women and girls like they were on a reality show. He thought he could commit appalling crimes and get away with it. He was wrong.

“You can’t try to shame and manipulate people to satisfy yourself. You can’t pretend that taking intimate videos and sharing them without consent is OK. It’s not. And if you try to get away with it in Essex, you won’t, regardless of who you are.

Thank you Georgia Harrison, not only for your bravery but for your trust in our detectives.

“Let me be clear, misogyny and violence and intimidation against women and girls, in all its forms, is wrong – and it is for us all to stand up and stand together to stamp it out in our society.”

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