Fran Rivera: Bullfighter sparks revenge porn row in Spain



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A prime Spanish bullfighter has drawn a fierce backlash for his feedback on the case of a younger lady who killed herself days after a intercourse video that includes her was extensively shared.

The 32-year-old mother-of-two, named by Spanish media as Verónica Rubio, took her personal life on Saturday.

It’s being handled as a case of revenge porn – the non-consensual sharing of sexual photos on-line.

Final week work colleagues had shared the video, reportedly recorded 5 years earlier, earlier than she was married, by a former companion.

Spanish media report that she hanged herself the day after her husband noticed the video.

“It is not manly to make a video like this go viral,” the well-known matador Fran Rivera, 45, instructed Espejo Público, a tv programme, when requested in regards to the case. “However males, and I say this as a result of I am a person, have been unable to have such a video and never share it.”

Though he additionally mentioned that the deceased lady was “to not blame” his feedback provoked instant criticism.

“Sharing a video with out permission is against the law,” tweeted tv presenter Cristina Pedroche. “As soon as once more ladies are being blamed. Let’s not deal with the lady who made the video, however on the person who shared it and on those that did not denounce it.”

The spokeswoman for the leftist Podemos celebration, Irene Montero, mocked the bullfighter’s remark, tweeting: “We [women] need to be coy and cautious how we behave, as a result of a person cannot see a video ‘like this’ and never share it. That is not naive idiocy, it is the type of logic that blames ladies with the intention to conceal sexism.”

Actress Sara Sálamo tweeted: “How fortunate that many of the males I work together with will not be such as you, Fran Rivera.”

Reacting to the criticisms, the bullfighter later tweeted a clip of his TV interview, with the message: “Seeing actuality is best than seeing manipulation”.

The furore provides gasoline to an intense political debate in Spain about harassment and violence concentrating on ladies.

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The sufferer labored at a car plant east of Madrid belonging to Iveco. The in-house consultant physique for workers there mentioned: “We’re nonetheless in shock and are overwhelmed by grief and outrage. Everyone knows that this could not have occurred.”

The video began circulating on 20 Might and by the center of the week the eye and mock the sufferer was receiving from colleagues, a whole bunch of whom had seen it, have been inflicting her extreme anguish.

She reportedly left work early on 24 Might to get well and her physique was found at her residence in Alcalá de Henares the following day. She left behind two babies.

Spanish media say police are investigating a male worker on the plant who beforehand had a relationship with the sufferer. No person has been charged over the case to this point.

The Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) labour union, which represents staff on the plant, mentioned the sufferer had complained to her employers, on the Thursday earlier than her demise, in regards to the video and the male colleague who had allegedly shared it by way of WhatsApp.

Soledad Murillo, Spain’s Secretary of State for Equality, described this as a case of gender violence.

“Sexism is about energy relations,” she mentioned. “Who’re you to have a picture that doesn’t belong to you and to make her the main target of a scandal?”

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In a comparable case in Italy, 31-year-old Tiziana Cantone killed herself in 2016, greater than a yr after intercourse movies through which she featured had gone viral.

Spanish legislation on such instances – usually described as “revenge porn” – was tightened in 2015, following the case of Olvido Hormigos, a neighborhood politician from Toledo, who made a intercourse video which went viral after her lover shared it.

Now, anybody who makes public content material of a sexual nature with out the consent of these concerned can face a jail sentence of between three and 12 months or a effective.

Feminists and different teams have staged mass protests in Spain in opposition to the sexist attitudes blamed for gender violence.

In a infamous case, 5 males generally known as La Manada (“the wolf pack”) have been discovered responsible of sexually abusing a younger lady in Pamplona in 2016. Though they have been every sentenced to 9 years in jail, the 5 had rape prices dropped, drawing widespread anger and girls’s protests.

The sentences are at the moment beneath evaluation within the supreme court docket.

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