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Swedish teen's sex video fine slashed: Unwilling co-star girlfriend furious
'It feels like a slap in the face' says ex
A Swedish court has reduced the fine of a teenage boy to just £2,400 after he uploaded a pornographic video of his ex-girlfriend without her permission.
In a controversial ruling, the Göta Court of of Appeal found that the younger generation was "so open" about its sexual behaviour that a larger fine was unwarranted.
The boy was originally told to pay his former lover 130,000 kronor in damages, which is just under £12,600, but this was cut to just 25,000 kronor following an appeal.
"If feels like a slap in the face and the ruling is a mockery," the girl told a Swedish newspaper.
"The appeals court's justification feels like a further insult."
The boy was 17 when he decided to upload video of the pair romping to several porn sites, but claimed he did not expect it to be so widely viewed.
When the girl found out she had become an unwilling porn star, she reported the incident to police.
The boy then admitted to sharing the sex video during at Skaraborg District Court, where he was ordered to pay damages.
The court found the video was a "very serious violation of the plaintiff's personal integrity" and had affected her social life, due to the fact she could be identified in the footage.
However, the appeal admitted the video was "derogatory" to the girl, but that the licentiousness of modern youth meant it wasn't such a big deal.
"One cannot ignore the circumstances that in not all too small circles of the population, it has with time become increasingly socially acceptable to be very open and outgoing in regard to one's sexual habits," said the court ruling.
"In light of the reigning ethical and social values should serve as the starting point for the assessment of the size of of infringement damages, these circumstances should not have an insignificant impact on the appeals court's review."
Oisín Cantwell, a columnist in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, accused the court of "trivializing" the girl's pain.
"To justify the decision that people today are open about their sex life is an intellectual and moral breakdown," he wrote. ®