Jury begins deliberations in sex tape trial of reality TV star Stephen Bear

A jury has started deliberations in the trial of reality TV star Stephen Bear, who is accused of sharing a video of him having sex with his ex-girlfriend Georgia Harrison on the website OnlyFans.

The 32-year-old defendant, who won Celebrity Big Brother in 2016, and 27-year-old Ms Harrison were captured having sex on CCTV cameras in Bear’s garden on August 2, 2020, Chelmsford Crown Court heard.

The prosecution said that the sex at Bear’s home in Loughton, in Essex, was consensual but that Ms Harrison, who has waived her right to anonymity, did not know that they were being recorded.

Ms Harrison, who has appeared on The Only Way Is Essex, Love Island and Olivia Meets Her Match, said that when Bear showed her the footage she told him “never to send” it to anyone and “made it plain how upset she would be if he did”, said Jacqueline Carey KC, prosecuting.

The complainant said she saw Bear send the footage to someone on WhatsApp later that day, and that later that year she was made aware that it was circulating online.

Ms Carey said that Bear uploaded the footage “either himself or had it uploaded to OnlyFans and profited financially”.

Bear, who has appeared on Ex On The Beach, said that he deleted the video on August 2, 2020, and did not send it to others.

Asked about footage being uploaded to his OnlyFans page, he said: “I don’t know of any video being uploaded.”

Bear denies voyeurism and two counts of disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress.

Bear told the court that he "thought it was funny" when he realised his CCTV might have captured him and Georgia having sex, claiming that she "laughed".

He said: "You would think it's funny, you know what I mean. She laughed.

“We played it on the monitor screen. We watched it back on that and then she asked for a copy of it. Straight away of course I said I will send you a copy.

“Straight away she told me to delete the footage. Straight away no questions asked [I deleted it]. Why would I want that on my phone?

“We had sex in the sun bed shop and there is CCTV in the sunbed shop.

“My intention was to catch up with a friend – sex was a bonus. To be filmed is quite funny.”

He denied ever having sent the video to a third party, claiming he'd only sent it to Georgia and then deleted it.

Georgia and Stephen first got together in 2018, whilst they were filming MTV’s The Challenge, despite the fact that he had a girlfriend at the time.

He and Georgia went on to date before splitting in July 2019.

The trial continues.


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