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My boyfriends daughter snuck his cell phone and wrote down

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My boyfriends daughter snuck his cell phone and wrote down our txt messages to each other. Some were pretty sexually graphic and some were about her rude and bad behavior. She went home and typed them out and gave them to her mother - his EX-wife. The EX then proceeded to show this to her friends and in-laws. This has led to a number of people knowing the personal content and has caused me to get fired from my job at the girls school. When her father asked the child (who is 15) why she did it, she replied, "For revenge." Her mother has found great pleasure in spreading this around. She is vindictive and I feel manipulated the whole invasion of privacy./ She is now trying to use it against him to revoke his visitaion rights. What are the laws of invasion of privacy and/or intrusion and what, if anything, can be done about this character slander?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 6 years ago.
The issue is whether or not she acquired the information through non-illegal means and she did, since she didn't put the daughter up to getting it or doing it. Now, the next issue is a suit for invasion of privacy and the common law tort of false light, which would hold that she is publishing this with malice to portray you in a false light in the community, even if it is true (since the truth is a defense to slander). You do need to get an attorney and also seek an injunction stopping her from publishing it any further.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
What, if anything, can be done to the daughter that copied and printed out the txt messages illegally "for revenge" and then displayed it to her vengful mother?
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 6 years ago.
You can name her in the suit against the mom as one of the parties to the invasion of privacy.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
age has no bearing on the suit at all?
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 6 years ago.
Yes, as a minor her guardian is liable for any damages, if her mother is the custodial guardian, she would end up liable.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
One more question (or three). :) Will I need witnesses to justify the slander? How hard is this to prove and/or to get monetary damages paid? How seriously does the court take invasion of privacy and slander or is it just gonna be a big joke - on me in the end?
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 6 years ago.
If what she is releasing is the truth, it is not slander, all you really have is invasion of privacy and the common law tort of false light which is an offshoot of invasion of privacy. Monetary damages you have in loss of your job from the release. You will need some witnesses to testify she relesed the information and from the way it was released the court would infer malice since it cost you your job.
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Thank you so much for your advice.
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 6 years ago.
Thank you.

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