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Gilbert wins court order to stop nude pics

23/12/2010 07:33:25 PM Comments (0)

St Kilda has vowed it will go after the money if the girl who published nude photos of star players Nick Riewoldt and Nick Dal Santo on Facebook cashes in on the publicity.

The 17-year-old, who did not show at a Federal Court hearing on Thursday, said on Twitter she was expecting to arrive in Melbourne on a Jetstar flight at 8.40pm (AEDT).

"Urging all other women that have photos to email me, let's rough things up today. x," she tweeted.

Saints vice-president Ross Levin branded her a malicious troublemaker, and said the teenager was enjoying making the AFL players' lives a misery.

It was just the beginning of a vigorous legal campaign against the girl, with players intending to sue for costs and damages for breach of copyright, breach of confidence, deliberate infliction of mental distress and trespass, he said.

"When you get an order for damages, in the event we are successful in our claim, the order continues to be valid for up to 15 years," Mr Levin told reporters outside the court.

"In the event that she tries to make money out of this, the misery she has caused to these four undeserving players, then we'll be looking for that money."

Mr Levin said the girl could be held in contempt of court, which carries serious penalties, if she disobeys court orders.

"We at the club, and all fair-minded people we would say in Australia, have been appalled at the delight that she has expressed in causing distress to these four players including, as I have said, some whom she has never met and who have never done anything to her," he said.

"The woman has made it clear in her networking posts that basically she enjoys causing trouble for others."

The explicit photographs were published on the girl's Facebook page this week, along with a shot of St Kilda player Zac Dawson partly clad.

The club says the photos were taken in Miami and were stolen from teammate Sam Gilbert's computer.

The teenager says she took the photos herself in a Melbourne hotel room.

Justice Shane Marshall said the best evidence available to him at present is that the photos were taken from Gilbert's computer.

In orders to be emailed to the girl and posted on her Twitter account, Justice Marshall extended a ruling banning the publication of any photographs or videos the girl obtained from Gilbert's computer.

The judge adjourned to 2.15pm (AEDT) on Friday an application by Gilbert's lawyer Will Houghton QC that the girl be ordered to destroy both print and electronic images in her possession obtained from Gilbert's computer.

Mr Houghton said by not appearing on Thursday the girl was deliberately thumbing her nose at the court.

"It appears ... that (the girl) is exhibiting some defiance to the orders of this court and whether that is because of her immature years or simply plain stupidity, I cannot say," he told the court.

Mr Houghton said his client would not pursue Facebook, after the social network company gave an undertaking to remove the photographs.

Mr Levin said he did not believe the girl had 19 more photos from Gilbert's computer.

The affair has drawn a mix of reactions on Twitter, including one post that reads: "Dear AFL players, your outrage over nude pics might deserve some sympathy had you not clearly posed for them. You're not victims."

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