Leeds mum Josie Cunningham denies ‘revenge porn’ charge regarding ex-partner

Josie Cunningham arrives at Leeds Magistrates Court
Josie Cunningham arrives at Leeds Magistrates Court
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Josie Cunningham appeared in court today charged with ‘revenge porn’ after posting a photo of her former partner on Twitter.

Cunningham, 24, unveiled a new look as she pleaded not guilty to one charge of disclosing a private sexual photograph or film with intent to cause distress.

Picture shows Josie Cunningham, 24

Picture shows Josie Cunningham, 24

The charge relates to an incident on May 9 when she Tweeted a picture of former partner Andrew Goy.

Leeds Magistrates Court heard today (MON) the image showed Mr Goy from the neck down naked and a cartoon picture of a mushroom covering his penis.

Cunningham, of Leeds, accepts she took the photo but says she had consent to do so.

During the short hearing Mike Vittis, for the Crown, said the couple’s relationship ended in April last year.

Mr Vittis said an aggravating feature in the case was the number of people who had seen the photo - it had been re-tweeted by a national paper - which caused Mr Goy distress.

Emma Smith, for Cunnningham, said her client said she had the consent to put the photo up.

She added that her client disputes it is a sexual image as Mr Goy’s genitals were covered.

Cunningham is to return to court in September for trial.

She is on bail with the condition she does not directly, or indirectly, try and contact the complainant.

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