Mum Hangs Herself After Ex Shares Revenge Porn Video

Story By: Ana LacasaSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Central European News

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A mum-of-two has hanged herself after her jealous ex-boyfriend shared a sex video she sent him five years earlier with their work colleagues.

The woman, named in reports as Veronica Rubio, had two young children, with one aged four and the other just a nine-month old baby. She worked at the CNH Industrial lorry factory which belongs to Iveco in San Fernando de Henares, near the Spanish capital Madrid.

Local media report rumours had begun in the factory of 2,500 employees that a sex tape of one of the female workers was being spread online.

Reports state the video featured Veronica, 32, who is said to have sent it to a colleague five years ago who she was in a relationship with at the time.

The relationship ended and Veronica had then married another man and had two children.

However, reports suggest her ex-boyfriend still liked her and wanted to restart their relationship but she rejected him, with the spurned lover then threatening to release the explicit video.

The former boyfriend, who has not been named in reports, then reportedly sent the video to his and Veronica’s workmates at the factory.

The video reached Veronica’s husband and she is said to have apologised to him before leaving work early because of the “pressure” she was receiving from the clip.

She is said to have spoken about the situation to the head of Human Resources of the company who told her to report it to the police, but she did not do so.

Veronica reportedly hanged herself at her home in the town of Alcala de Henares, also in Madrid province, a day after leaving work early.

The company said that they were aware of Veronica’s situation a day before she left the company and that they followed the protocol the company has for these kinds of situations. The company also said that they offered support to the worker to report the case.

She was also offered a change in her job or even sick leave but sources from Iveco’s management told local newspaper El Mundo: “She rejected everything.”

The company reportedly did not have evidence the video had gone viral and they said it had only been shared among Veronica’s workmates.

However, the union of the company will reportedly sue the company for not activating the sexual harassment protocol when they heard about the case.

The National Police are investigating the case and the authorities had not known about the leaked video before the mother’s suicide because no official report had been filed.

The factory workers organised a protest in their break time to show their condolences and pain for the death of their workmate.

Susana Marin, one of Veronica’s colleagues, told local media: “She got very nervous and had to leave the factory because she could not stand the pressure, not only here but also in her family.

“She only wanted the story to move on, for people to stop talking as soon as possible. She did not think about reporting it.”

Another workmate told local media that people had gone to Veronica’s workplace in order to find out who the woman in the video was. 

The Penal Code punishes those who leak a video without the permission of the person in it with a prison sentence between three months to one year if it affects their personal privacy.

The investigation is ongoing. It is unclear if any arrests have been made so far.

Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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