CAPE TOWN, South Africa– A water-polo coach at Bishops’ College is fighting to clear her name, after she was accused of having inappropriate relations with “several students” at the Cape Town institution. Fiona Viotti resigned from her position last week, after an 18-year-old learner reported her to the school.
However, Viotti has lawyered-up impressively. She’s acquired William Booth to represent her, and that generally means you’re in safe hands. The prominent legal professional has worked on infamous cases involving Jason Rohde and high-profile criminal bosses in the Western Cape. He’s already had to do a bit of fake news-busting, too.
Don’t share videos that claim to be of Fiona Viotti
We reported earlier that the Bishops’ student-pupil sex case has been the victim of a few false allegations. Booth has been busy, dismissing claims that Viotti fled to England this week. He also denied that any criminal charges had been filed against her, as this was a matter being dealt with by the school.
However, just because Fiona Viotti isn’t facing criminal proceedings, that doesn’t mean it’s fair game for everyone else. Booth has also been made aware of the alleged existence of nude photos and explicit videos, which claim to be of the water polo coach. One of these videos has already appeared on an international pornographic website.
William Booth steps up to represent Fiona Viotti
Sadly, those purported photos and videos – so far unverified as to whether it’s Viotti on camera – have also done the rounds on social media. According to her lawyer, the heat can be turned on those sharing the footage:
“[Authorities] will ask how you came (to be) in possession of the video or anybody got in possession of the video. My client is very stressed about the situation.” said William Booth.
Bishops’ student-teacher sex allegations – stay on the right side of the law
While it may not be a criminal case, the alleged videos are still being uploaded without the supposed subject’s consent. This is in direct contravention of the recently-introduced “revenge porn” laws. Given that the accusations of improper conduct involve children, any sharing of explicit content relating to the investigation would put a person on very shaky legal ground.
What’s more, you don’t want William Booth breathing down your neck. Now Fiona Viotti has secured legal representation, those distributing said materials risk violating her rights, and prejudicing her defence. Should any of the tapes prove to be fake, a simple retweet or reshare on social media can get you sued for defamation, too.
Source The South African