Tiziana Cantone was a 31-year-old woman from Naples, Italy, who has tragically committed suicide as a result of a revenge porn sex tape leak last year.
Footage of Tiziana performing a sex act on a man spread online after she sent it to her ex in spring of 2015.
In a bid to escape the humiliation, Tiziana quit her job, moved to Tuscany and tried to change her name, but her nightmare went on.
The words “You’re filming? Bravo”, spoken by the woman to her lover in the video, have become a derisive joke online, and the phrase has been printed on T-shirts, smartphone cases and other items.
After a long court battle, Tiziana recently won a “right to be forgotten” ruling ordering the video to be removed from various sites and search engines, including Facebook.
But she was also ordered to pay €20,000 euros in legal costs – a final “insult” which may have driven her to take her own life, according to several Italian media outlets.
“Why are these images still there? Why can people still mock and laugh at this young woman who ended her days because of this humiliation that she suffered?” wrote Naples daily Il Mattino on Thursday.
Prosecutors in Naples have opened an investigation into “incitement to suicide”, but it may be difficult for judges to establish the precise reasons why she killed herself.