Revenge Porn King Hunter Moore Ordered to Pay $250K for Defamation
Internet pariah Hunter Moore (pictured) has been ordered by a Nevada judge to pay anti-bullying activist James McGibney $250,000 in damages for defamation, according to BetaBeat.
In 2012, Moore falsely accused McGibney, owner of the anti-bullying website Bullyville, of “serious crimes that are defamatory per se, including pedophilia and possession of child pornography,” according to a judgment handed down last week. In addition to the $250,000 in damages, Moore was ordered to pay an additional $11,581 in attorneys’ fees and $1,588.50 in costs associated with the case.
Though Moore acknowledged the suit on Twitter, he declined to defend himself, resulting in a default bench judgment from the Nevada district court in Las Vegas.
Moore sold his “revenge porn” website Is Anyone Up to McGibney in 2012. At the time he claimed to have had a change of heart about his rise to fame as the operator of a site dedicated to publishing hurtful, usually sexual photos of unsuspecting people, which were sent in by their “exes” and accompanied by snarky comments from Moore.
But Moore was apparently pulling a prank of some sort, according to BetaBeat’s Jessica Roy. The move was, in fact, “a massive troll, fueled by copious amounts of cocaine.”