Photos were taken of me when I was incoherent or passed out. I never consented to being photographed. This happened after a night of drinking. Pictures were revealed after 10 yrs. I had no knowledge they existed. Please help. I need to know who to hire to sue. I believe I was sexually molested, or raped.
You should definitely call experienced attorneys in your area immediately. I would recommend a criminal defense/ civil litigator type of entertainment attorney with experience in rights to privacy. Esteemed attorneys to the stars such as Shawn Holley and Marty Singer come to mind, yet there are other good attorneys in the LA area who can help you. Use Avvo to find some well rated attorneys and get appointments with them. A good attorney will refer you to someone who can help you if they themselves cannot. Good Luck in your difficult situation.
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Sounds like a criminal lawyer may be best for your situation. You may run into statute of limitations issues, but more facts are necessary, which you should not disclose in a forum and only in private with your attorney.
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This is not a criminal defense question. You may want to contact the District Attorney to see if charges can be filed (if you are interested in that). If you want to sue for damages (money), you should contact a civil attorney. That atttorney should be able to answer questions, including about applicable statutes of limitation. Many attorneys on Avvo offer free consultations. Give one of them a call. Good luck.
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You would sue the person that took the photos, and you would sue the person that published these photos to third parties. You have a right to privacy, and these rights have been violated here, and that gives you a cause of action against the persons that were responsible. There may be a violation of California criminal statutes here as well, if the photos were published, or put out on the internet. You should contact the police department, and file a police report related to these events. You should also hire an attorney that has handled these types of cases in the past. An attorney familiar with
liable and slander cases, and privacy issues would be best for your case. Go see an attorney ASAP, as time is of the essence here.
There's a couple very separate issues here. First you raise a criminal issue when you state that you "believe you were sexually molested or raped" about 10 years ago. Reading between the lines, you seem to suggest you came to believe you were molested or raped following the revelation of nude photos of you apparently while intoxicated which were taken around the same time you now believe you were molested or raped. You apparently don't remember being raped but conclude that you must've been raped given the existence of nude photos, the fact that you were intoxicated, and the fact that you do not remember consenting to sex with the photographer (Please excuse me if I've totally misconstrued this fact pattern.) If you were raped, the applicable criminal statute of limitations in California will depend on your age at the time of the incident as well as other issues. If you believe you were raped, you definitely contact the District Attorneys office. A civil attorney maybe able to give you a better answer about the statute of limitations to bring a case for invasion of privacy but 10 years sounds very long, the photographers argument will be that you consented. Consult a local attorney. All the best
You've got two separate sets of issues here. One is the issue of the pictures. California has laws with regard to right of privacy, photos, etc. So someone who does civil suits would be the person to go to, and I would expect that an attorney with an entertainment law background would be able to help you as this type of suit comes up a lot with celebrities. You're in the right town for this type of lawyer.
As for the second part of your question, if you believe you were sexually molested or raped, you could talk to the District Attorney about it, and about bringing charges. I am not a CA lawyer, so I don't know what the statute of limitations is for those charges (and it could vary depending on your age at the time), but you should definitely pursue this. If you're not up to going to the D.A. immediately, there are victim hotlines and counseling centers in your area that are searchable online. Also, the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline can be reached at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), 24 hours a day. The resources should be able to help you navigate the legal system, and provide you with some support.
I have added the link to the L.A. Rape & Sexual Assault web page below my answer. Good luck to you.
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You should contact the DA and notify them. There is a new revenge porn law that criminalizes such conduct. You should also speak to a civil attorney to discuss your personal rights against the photographer and/or publisher.
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