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An ex boyfriend sent an inappropriate photograph to my co-workers,

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An ex boyfriend sent an inappropriate photograph to my co-workers, in his effort to cause embarrassment/humiliation. I believe it's a dafamation of character. However, he doesn't live locally, he lives in England and I live in the states. What are my options to stop this?
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My name is XXXXX XXXXX I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.

Defamation of character requires an untrue statement of fact. Showing someone an accurate picture does not fall within this definition. However, you could have a case for what is called "public dissemination of private true fact." That tort requires (a) widespread disbursement, (2) of truthful information (3) that would be highly embarrassing to a reasonable person.

You could get a judgment against him in the United States, but that's only useful if he owns property or has bank accounts here (or, if he's planning to live in the U.S. at some point, so he could acquire property here). Otherwise, unfortunately, you would have to sue him in the UK, because the UK courts don't have to enforce a U.S. judgment. One option might be to hire a UK attorney to send him a "cease and desist letter," letting him know that you will sue if he does not cease his unlawful conduct immediately. Another option is to send the letter yourself, via a form of mail that requires a signature, so that he knows you're serious about this. You would have to travel to the UK in order to attend a trial. However, if he believes that you intend to seek legal action, he may stop what he's doing.

If he's using the internet to stalk and/or harass you, you can also contact the local authorities in the area where he lives and file a police report.

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