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CUNY professor Spring Chenoa Cooper wins $30M in revenge porn suit against ex Ryan Broems

A public health professor at the State University of New York who specializes in sexuality has won $30 million in a revenge porn lawsuit against her ex-girlfriend, making it the largest verdict in a similar case in New York City, her lawyer told the Post. Ta.

Dr. Spring Chenoa Cooper, 43, was given a staggering figure by a Manhattan jury on Friday. It comes six years after he filed the Big Apple’s first revenge porn lawsuit against Brooklyn comedian Ryan Blooms, accusing him of posting naked videos and photos online after their breakup.

“It’s been the worst six years since this all started,” Cooper told the Post on Tuesday. “It means so much for a jury to examine my experience and know how much pain and trauma this has caused and continues to cause me.”

Spring Chenoa Cooper, a professor at the City University of New York, won a huge $30 million verdict against his ex-girlfriend in a revenge porn case. kevin frest
Ryan Blooms pleaded guilty in 2021 to a criminal case for posting explicit photos of Cooper online. Annie Warmiel/New York Post

Cooper, an associate professor at the State University of New York School of Public Health and Health Policy, sued Bromes, 37, in 2018, accusing him of posting explicit videos and photos of her along with her faculty, Facebook and OK Cupid profiles. He was sued for posting on Tumblr.

According to court records, Blooms on Dec. 15, 2021, pleaded guilty in a corresponding criminal case to a misdemeanor count of publishing an intimate image and was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison for participating in an abusive partner program. A prison sentence was given. The Post reviewed it.

He was also ordered to stay away from Cooper for five years after his sentencing.

Ms. Bromes was not represented at the trial surrounding Ms. Cooper’s case and did not attempt to appear in court, said her attorney, Daniel Zulkiewicz.

The jury was tasked only with determining how much Mr. Blooms must pay Mr. Cooper in damages, which a judge previously found liable in Mr. Cooper’s revenge porn case. This was in response to the incident.

Cooper said he doesn’t think he’ll ever see the money, but more importantly is the strong message of deterrence this sentence sends to others.

Their year-long “tumultuous” relationship ended when Cooper learned that Blooms had allegedly cheated on him with five women. Brigitte Stelzer/copy photo
Dr. Spring Chenoa Cooper, a City University of New York professor, won a $30 million judgment against her ex-girlfriend who admitted to posting nude photos of herself online. kevin frest

“It’s symbolic more than anything to me. The symbolism is that this is not okay, and that’s what I feel is most important here,” Cooper told the Post. Ta.

“I hope the jury sends a message to my ex-girlfriend, and to anyone who has ever considered posting intimate images or videos of someone without their consent, that this is not something our society will tolerate. Thank you for that,” she added.

“In fact, this is a sexual assault that we consider reprehensible and the justice system is on our side.”

Cooper and Blooms split in November 2017 after a “tumultuous” year, but after learning Cooper had allegedly slept with five women just a week into their relationship. Cooper argued in the lawsuit.

After Broomes broke up with Cooper, he allegedly harassed her online and via text messages.

Shortly after their breakup, Broms relentlessly harassed Cooper, including sending daily Snapchats of him masturbating every morning, according to the suit.

When Cooper blocked him on social media apps, Blooms took revenge by posting nude images of Cooper online, the complaint alleges.

Devastated and humiliated, Cooper filed a police report and obtained a family court order of protection against Blooms, but that did not stop him from continuing to post about her, the lawsuit alleges. There is.

Blooms also joked about the restraining order Cooper had against him.
The jury was shown a large number of messages in which Mr Blooms allegedly harassed Mr Cooper.

In fact, Blooms joked in a Twitter post at the time about how Cooper had obtained a restraining order against him in February 2018.

On Valentine’s Day that year, Blooms posted: “My ex-boyfriend is very romantic. According to a tweet shown to the jury, she had my Valentine’s Day card delivered to her by the police and it read, ‘Roses are red, violets are blue, always at 500 feet. Please leave between me and you,” the text said.

At the time, Cooper feared his career was over. But although she can now say, thankfully, that she did not suffer, she wonders if people still carry a hidden stigma against her because of her humiliating experience. She has her doubts.

Bromes did not appear in court and did not have an attorney to represent him, Cooper’s attorney said. Annie Warmiel/New York Post

Cooper also said her love life has suffered because she has found it difficult to trust new people.

Since then, they have dated several times, but “there have been a lot of breakups in the past few years.”

New York City’s revenge porn law went into effect in February 2018, and Cooper’s April lawsuit was the first filed under the law, her lawyer told The Post at the time.

Ms Cooper said the jury’s verdict helped her feel vindicated because it understood what she was going through. Brigid Stelzer

Mr. Szalkiewicz said Mr. Cooper obtained the largest verdict ever in a revenge porn case in the city.

“I am grateful that the New Yorkers who served on this jury recognized that image-based sexual abuse has a profound and lifelong impact on victims,” ​​Szarkiewicz said Tuesday. .

“We also hope this judgment serves as a warning that this type of behavior will not be tolerated here.”

Under the law, victims of revenge porn can sue for monetary damages, legal costs, and an injunction to stop posting. And the criminal portion of this law provides for up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine for those who commit the crime.

Cooper said the experience spurred her advocacy efforts, including joining New York’s Cyber ​​Sexual Abuse Task Force and delving into the subject in academic research. .

Neither Blooms nor his criminal defense attorney responded to requests for comment Tuesday.

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